Tag Archive: Maraschino Liqueur

Mary Pickford

Who is this Mary? Apparently she acted her way to start United Airlines – go figure. To enhance the legend, during Prohibition she was hanging out in Havana and this drink was a popular libation of the time. This recipe comes courtesy of Smugglers Cove – so be sure to order one up next to you take a visit to their Tiki bar in San Francisco.

  • 1.5 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 bar spoon grenadine
  • 6 drops of maraschino liqueur
  • 1.5 ounces aged rum

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and the ingredients, shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. Drink up! Dave’s Thoughts:

  • The drink is an interesting combination of sweet with the complication of the maraschino. The flavor is unique and something that would be fun to serve to a house guest.
  • Leaves you with the slightly bitter aftertaste of the maraschino.
  • Looks as good as it tastes, the pineapple juice helps leave a nice froth that ups the presentation.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 5/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • One thing is sure, its a hell of a lot better than any cocktail you can enjoy on the friendly skies of United today!

Hemmingway Daiquiri


Oh my word, three nights and three drinks.  What has the blogosphere come to?  Get over it – I’m making drinks again on a (somewhat) frequent basis.  And as always, past results are no indication of future performance.

This week my boss gave me a brown bag full of goodness to use in my cocktails.  The optimistic among you would anticipate that this was a bottle of some new and exciting liquor, but in fact, it was just a bag of limes.  Really good limes.  Less exciting, but equally useful.  While I have been telling you about all of the exciting new drinks in my repertoire from my new book, the real reason for the selections is that they all call for me to use up these delicious limes.  So, what better drink to use some limes with but a daiquiri!  Hemmingway’s Daiquiri in fact.

  • 3 ounces light rum
  • 1.5 ounces lime juice
  • 1.5 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce maraschino liquor

Blend with 12 ounces of ice.  Serve in a Collins glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Not sure if I have mentioned this before, but the Dave of Dave Drinks is not a big fan of grapefruit.
  • This drink is tart and refreshing.  While tonight is a cool winter San Diego evening, I can imagine this being an excellent compliment to a warm summers’ day.
  • This drink is definitely a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  The liquor hides in it’s midst, sneaking up on unsuspecting sippers.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 5/10
  • Sweetness: 4/10
  • I prefer the traditional daiquiri, but if you are sophisticated and prefer a tart drink with a bit of depth, and you are not above giving yourself brain freeze, then maybe this is your drink.



Christmas drink #3.  11 days and 9 cocktails to go,  All that talk of malls yesterday inspired me to go and fight the crowds today.  By fight the crowds, I mean show up at 9am before most everyone and enjoy the “quiet before the storm”.  It was almost a pleasant shopping experience.  Parents don’t mess around though, by 10am the line to see Santa was a good 50 kids deep.  Of course, Kathryn wouldn’t let me join the line.  So bummed. At least I get a consolation lollipop,

  • 0.75 ounces green chartreuse
  • 0.75 ounces cherry brandy
  • 0.75 ounces Cointreau
  • 0.25 teaspoon maraschino liqueur

Mix, shake, serve in a chilled martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • There is a lot going on in this cocktail.  There are so many unusual flavors hidden inside here.
  • The first sip has an almost dry complexity, but it comes on strong with sweet, sweet cherries in the finish.
  • The finish goes on and on and on.  It’s hard to get that sweetness off your tongue.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 10/10
  • This drink is very appropriately named.  It’s a sweet cherry lollipop in a glass.

From the “unnecessary gun law desk”, today is a celebration in Texas as just one year ago the Texas Senate approved legislation to approve students carrying guns on campus.  What could possibly go wrong with this idea.  You know, kids full of testosterone… trying to show off for the girls… the next thing you know “your mama” jokes escalate into a triple homicide.  Memo to Texas, gun rights are one thing, kids with guns in school is entirely another.

Ok, off the soap box, no hate mail please.  In honor of the Texas Senate’s faux pas, tonight’s cocktail is also as such.  Providing once again that drinking and reading is a dangerous combination.  The ingredients are correct, the measurements are wrong, but the review is honest.  Sometimes the best things happen by mistake.  Not quite Seventh Heaven, here’s my version.

  • 3 ounces gin (Bombay Sapphire)
  • 1 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 1 ounce grapefruit juice
  • mint sprig for garnish

Stir everything over ice (don’t bruise that gin), serve in a chilled martini glass and garnish with the mint.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Another name for this could be the Maraschino Martini, as that is the forward flavor.
  • If you like your cocktails, this one will have you covered, but be sure you also like gin.
  • Well balanced flavor, maybe a little sweet, but great tasting none-the-less.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 8/10
  • Not bad, but I don’t think this falls into the fortuitous mistake category.


California is awesome.  After a conference meeting today in Orange County I got to ride down the coast in the wife’s convertible with the top down on a beautiful spring day.  This is why I live here and why I never want to leave.  A perfect sunny 7o degrees – ahhhh.

On another note, today is V-E Day in both America and England.  One of the holidays that both countries can get behind – unlike the 4th of July, where England quite unfairly celebrates the relief of the burden of the United States on its economy.  For the uninformed. V-E Day is Victory in Europe Day, which occurred on May 8, 1945.

After those two unrelated facts, on to the drink of the day.  One of my recipe books has a section for “What to drink if you are tired of…”, and this one comes from that very section.  Not that I could ever tire of them, but this is a drink for when you;ve had one too many Manhattans (not all in one evening).

  • 3 ounces Canadian whisky (Crown Royal)
  • 1 ounce of sweet vermouth
  • 0.5 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 2 dashes of bitters
  • maraschino cherry for garnish

Shake over ice and serve into a chilled martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • I am really impressed – an unassuming name but it has great flavor.
  • The nutty maraschino flavor comes through, but is never overpowering.
  • The vermouth, bitters and Crown Royal balance together in the background to complete the flavor.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 10/10 (whoa – what’s going on here?!?!)
  • Strength: 6/10 (but stronger than it tastes)
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • I didn’t expect this, but I would drink this one anytime.  Well, if all the Makers and Coke runs dry.

Laurel & Hardy

Couple of days behind, but fear not, I have been keeping up with the drinks!  I have a couple more drink reviews from our trip to New York and have made a few of my own in the past couple of days and just haven’t found the time to post.  So forgive the gratuitous Facebook updates.

First up – the Laurel & Hardy.  This concoction (this is the correct word) comes from one of the Momofuku chain of fancy New York eateries, you know, the places that lunch costs $200 per person.  That was too pricey for us, so we planted ourselves at their new bar called Booker and Dax for a cocktail and a pork bun.  This place is definately one to check out – they use all kinds of fun stuff like liquid nitrogen to make their cocktails.  My selection was the Laurel & Hardy.

  • Rye
  • Congnac
  • Maraschino Liqueur
  • Fernet
  • Benedictine
  • Mole Bitters

I could not tell you the proportions, but this drink is stirred (about 100 times) in a pint glass over ice and strained into an old fashioned champagne glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Before going any further, I need to confess that I have no idea what Fernet, Benedictine or Mole Bitters are.  So don’t ask.
  • The taste is very herbal, almost minty.  Almost.
  • VERY smooth.  These guys no what they are doing.  All of the ingredients seem to come together as a very balanced  cocktail.
  • You get that great maraschino (nutty) flavor in the aftertaste.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10.  No question as exquisite cocktail, just wouldn’t call it MY favorite.
  • Strength: 7/10.  Just about perfect.
  • Sweetness: 3/10.  Not a frilly drink.
  • This was advertised as a great sipper, and they tell no lies.  I don’t think with the effort I saw the bartender use to make each of his cocktails you can go wrong here.  Add it to the places to visit.


Today’s drink is the Casablanca.  New to the blog, but I made this one before when I last entered my cocktail of the day fad.  This is a great rum martini with a unique flavor and should be sampled if you find yourself armed with a bottle of maraschino liqueur.

  • 2.5 ounces of light rum (Bacardi)
  • 0.5 ounce of Cointreau
  • 0.5 ounce of maraschino liqueur (Luxardo)
  • 0.5 ounce of fresh lime juice

Pour the ingredients over ice into a cocktail shaker, give it a vigorous shake and serve in a chilled martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • You have the sweetness of Cointreau, the nuttiness of maraschino liqueur and the tartness of limes all in one.
  • If you have not tried it, maraschino liqueur is a delightful mixer made from the pressed skins of cherries.
  • The rum fades into the background and is not the star of this drink.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10, one of the best rum martini’s out there.
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • Be swept off your feet and enjoy the Casablanca!

Kudos to Kathryn for the cool pic!

Beach Bum

Another night, another drink.  I’m starting to get back into the swing of things now, I’m being good though and trying to stick to one beverage a night!  Tonight the cat is helping me mix it up.

Did I mention the weather in San Diego today?  It sucks.  We even had to turn the heater on… in San Diego… in January.  So to lift the spirits today’s drink is definitely not what you would think of on a day like today – it’s the Beach Bum, courtesy of the Grey Goose website.  This drink includes one of my favorite ingredients in my bar – Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur.

  • 2 ounces Grey Goose La Poire
  • 0.5 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 0.5 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • dash of grenadine

Mix in a shaker full of ice, shake vigorously and serve in a rocks glass full of ice.

Tasting Notes:

  • The headline ingredients really come through in this – the maraschino gives the drink a pleasant nutty flavor up front with a pear finish to contrast.
  • Unfortunately for the men, this one’s pink.
  • After a few sips I was transported to a sunnier day on the beach.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • Definitely a drink to enjoy on a sunny day at the beach, or on a day that you wish you were there.