Big Red Cocktail

The Big Red
The Big Red
Grapefruit juice and cinnamon-infused syrup bring bright, spicy balance to the wallop of navy-strength gin, a variety with an extra-high alcohol content.Todd Coleman

Navy-strength gin, containing upward of 57 percent alcohol, gives this aromatic drink its kick. This recipe first appeared in our Jan/Feb 2013 issue along with the article Flaming Cocktails.

Big Red Cocktail
Navy-strength gin, containing upward of 57 percent alcohol, gives this aromatic drink its kick.
Yield: makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. navy-strength gin, preferably Perry's Tot
  • 23 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
  • 12 oz. fresh lime juice, plus ½ of a lime
  • 12 oz. Cherry Heering
  • 12 oz. cinnamon syrup
  • 1 tsp. orgeat syrup

Instructions

  1. Combine 1 ½ oz. gin, juices, Heering, syrup, and orgeat in a shaker filled with ice; shake, and strain into a coupe glass. Hollow out the lime half; turn inside out. Float on top of the cocktail, and fill with remaining gin. Ignite gin.