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By the Light of the Red Moon

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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?

red moonThe 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.

Red Moon

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


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