Updated Harlem Cocktail
Traditionally, the Harlem cocktail does not include lemon juice. I’ve added it to this updated version because the additional acidity mellows the sweetness imparted by the drink’s other components. If you’ve got an extraction juicer, fresh pineapple juice makes this drink especially bright and lively — but canned juice will work fine. I like to finish the drink with a couple dashes of Angostura bitters, but consider them optional — to your taste.
- 2oz. gin (I like Plymouth for this)
- ¼oz. maraschino liqueur
- ¾oz. pineapple juice
- 1tsp. fresh lemon juice
- Angostura bitters
- Wedge of pineapple
- Brandied cherry
Step 1Chill a cocktail glass. Fill a shaker with ice, and add gin, maraschino liqueur, pineapple juice and lemon juice. Shake vigorously, and strain into chilled glass.
Step 2Add a couple of dashes of bitters.
Step 3Garnish with the pineapple wedge and brandied cherry.