This time of year is without a doubt my favorite. The mid evening smells in the neighborhood of charcoal grills mixed with the staticky radio waves of double plays in the bottom of the fourth. It's a time for sitting outdoors and in that case, you need drinks that are easy to assemble and easy to refill for those extra innings. What comes to mind as a base spirit for these backyard cocktails is everyone's favorite flavored vodka—gin. By taking a high proof neutral spirit and redistilling it always with juniper and sometimes with cassia, coriander, lemon peel, orange peel, and other botanicals you end up with a very nuanced yet bracing spirit that works best in zingy cocktails.
One of the pickiest gin drinks out there and the one that will convert even the strictest "no gin" drinker.
2 ounces gin
½ oz maraschino liqueur
½ oz lemon juice
¼ oz simple syrup
Rinse glass with Creme De Violette
Add your ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Knock it around for longer than you think you would need to by a few seconds. This drink needs a little extra dose of water from the ice. Strain through a mesh strainer into a coupe glass that has been rinsed with Creme De Violette so a small puddle remains and squeeze a grapefruit peel over the drink.