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CPR for old drinks: The Harlem Cocktail

I have nothing to say about the genesis if this drink, because I don’t know. I first got it from an old bartender book, started making it, started digging it. If you enjoy subtlety, enjoy the actual taste of gin, you’ll enjoy this (my version):

Harlem Cocktail:

2 oz of gin (I prefer a slightly heavy pour)

3 big (1-2 inch) chunks of fresh pineapple (the original calls for canned, I say we’re past that)

dash maraschino liqueur (Luxardo. A little goes a long way, so watch it).

Put ingredients in blender with several (4 large) ice cubes. Let ‘er rip for 10-20 seconds, pour into something you like drinking out of.


This drink has a nice clean taste, a good balance between the sweet/sour of the pineapple and the slightly bitter/something else of real Maraschino).

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About McQuaff

Explorer of bars, spirits and other likely locales where this journey inevitably leads.

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