After I tried the Colony at Tradition in San Francisco, I was eager to make one at home. I am a sucker for a gin cocktail. One that includes maraschino liqueur? Even better.
In a moment of desperation, I tried this with bottled grapefruit juice. We had it in the fridge and no real grapefruits and I was excited to try the cocktail…bottled juice (no matter the quality) is never a replacement for the real stuff, freshly squeezed straight from the fruit. One big grapefruit yielded enough juice for five cocktails…perfect for a little party.
1 1/2 oz gin (I used Aviation.)
3/4 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
2 teaspoons maraschino liqueur (I used Luxardo.)
Add everything to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass or a coupe. Garnish with a grapefruit twist (or not…Naoto cleaned up the fruit mess too quickly!)
Enjoy with friends while watching the Oscars on a cold and snowy night. Think of the Colony as a little shot of Vitamin C for the long, long winter.