This iconic statement from W.C. Fields sums up the GrogDog’s wishful drinking… Would that the world rewarded such restraint with a modest stipend to maintain gin-induced bonhomie all day! (The full quote is, “I exercise extreme self-control. I never drink anything stronger than gin before breakfast.”)

I’ve been thinking and drinking gin since last year’s revelatory gift of Barr Hill craft gin started me on my cocktail journey. Today I learned a few gin facts from Food Republic: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Gin.

The article also provides a recipe to one of my favorite gin cocktails, which is worth posting on every cocktail blog. The Last Word is 1 part London dry gin, 1 part green Chartreuse, 1 part Maraschino liqueur*, and 1 part fresh lime juice. Shake all ingredients with ice and serve in a chilled cocktail glass.


*A note about Maraschino: Having no idea that proper Maraschino is a Croatian liqueur, I originally used the sweet red syrup from the supermarket ice cream aisle in this drink. Aside from the fact that the ice-cream version is primarily corn syrup, it at least gives a semblance of the cherry flavor that characterizes Maraschino liqueur, offsetting the astringency of the gin and sour lime. No doubt the traditional recipe using actual Maraschino is even more delicious, but if all you can find is the bright red syrup, give it a try!

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