The red moon is fast approaching — and what better way to greet this than with a cocktail so red that it shines by the light of the moon?
The Red Moon is a variation on the classic Singapore Sling with the cherry flavor given a pop in terms of both flavor and color. So, you need a bright red soda, such as Cherry 7-Up, as opposed to Dr Pepper, which is too dark. In the same way, you want the sweeter maraschino or the drier kirshwasser, both of which are clear.
1/2 ounce lime juice
2 ounces gin
1 ounce clear cherry liqueur, such as maraschino or kirshwasser
Bright red cherry soda, such as Cherry 7-Up or Frostie Cherry Limeade
1 maraschino cherry
Fill a Collins glass with ice.
Squeeze in lime juice.
Add gin and maraschino. Stir.
Fill the rest of the glass with cherry soda. Add a straw.
Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Makes 1 cocktail.
From John Griffin