Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Gin Cocktails


Dorchester cocktail
Image: / Tim Nusog

At first glance, this cocktail, created by Erik Adkins for the eternally popular Slanted Door restaurant in San Francisco, seems like a slight twist on a classic Last Word. It features the familiar London Dry gin, maraschino liqueur, and lime juice; all it’s missing is the green Chartreuse. But it tweaks the proportions of the classic and replaces the Chartreuse with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and a touch of simple syrup, taking the spiky equal-parts cocktail and turning it into more of a sour- or daisy-style drink. 

Its bright flavors are lovely at any time, which may be why the cocktail has remained on the restaurant’s menu for many years. But it’s especially wonderful in wintertime, when grapefruit is in season and at its very peak. Be sure to use classic yellow grapefruit rather than pink; you’ll want the higher acidity in order to balance the sweet maraschino.


  • 1 1/2 ounces Beefeater gin
  • 1/2 ounce Luxardo maraschino liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed 
  • 1/2 ounce grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup


  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.