10 to 7

Equal parts cocktails make life so easy — but they’re not merely shortcuts. Some of the best classic cocktails are equal parts cocktails: the Negroni and its variations numbering among my favorites, and of course, the darling of the cocktail blogging scene, the Last Word.

The 10 to 7, created by Gabriele Modica, starts off with gin and Maraschino, but subs lime with lemon and Chartreuse with St Germain. It’s more floral rather than the deliciously herbal Last Word, and holds its own as a distinctive drink. It makes a great brunch drink or aperitif.

The “bartender’s ketchup” effect of the St Germain (making it palatable to pretty much everyone) gives the drink the quality of being easily accessible, but the Maraschino funkiness makes it something a little bit unique. This is a great drink for cocktail lovers as well as less-interested drinkers who usually stick to drinks with more name recognition.

the 10 to 7
via Anchor Distilling

1 oz gin
1 oz Luxardo Maraschino
1 oz St Germain
1 oz lemon juice

Shake and strain into a coupe.

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