Springtime Cocktail: The English Rose

This sweet variation of the gin martini is a lovely before-dinner drink for Spring. It’s about that time of year when I trade my Maker’s Manhattan in for something with gin or vodka (at least sometimes) so here’s one to make when you have a hankering for a bit of something sweet.

English Rose

2 oz gin
1 oz dry vermouth
1 oz apricot brandy
½ oz lemon juice
1 tsp grenadine
Maraschino cherry, for garnish

Add gin, vermouth, brandy, juice and grenadine to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake until condensation forms on the outside of the shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Luxardo Maraschino Cherries


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