Big Red Cocktail

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Big Red Cocktail
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. See the recipe for The Big Red ». 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.

Yield: makes 1 cocktail


  • 2 oz. navy-strength gin, preferably Perry's Tot
  • <sup>2</sup>⁄<sub>3</sub> oz. fresh grapefruit juice
  • <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>2</sub> oz. fresh lime juice, plus ½ of a lime
  • <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>2</sub> oz. Cherry Heering
  • <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>2</sub> oz. cinnamon syrup
  • 1 tsp. orgeat syrup


  • 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.