Red Hook


Recipe: Red Hook (serves one)

  • 2 oz. rye
  • 1/2 oz. Punt e Mes vermouth
  • 1/4 oz. Luxardo maraschino liqueur
  • maraschino cherry

Stir liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with cherry.

Named after a neighborhood in Brooklyn, the Red Hook is similar in both name and style to the Greenpoint and Manhattan. The Punt e Mes gives the drink a bitter complexity, and the maraschino liquor adds sweetness. Most recipes call for 1/2 oz. maraschino liquor, but we prefer 1/4 oz.

We tried replacing the Punt e Mes with another sweet vermouth, but thought the drink ended up too sweet. Adding a dash of Angustura bitters as well, though, rounded out the drink nicely. You can make the Red Hook that way if you don’t have Punt e Mes.

For a gin version of this cocktail, try the Martinez.

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