The Great Awakening Cocktail

The Great Awakening Cocktail
Staff Writer
Courtesy of Vinoy Resort & Golf Club

The Great Awakening Cocktail.

Not all superior gin cocktails are created in mysterious holes in walls tucked away in busy streets and dark alleys. Simply head down south to a sun-soaked resort to awaken those sleepy taste buds. First opened on New Year’s Eve 1925, the Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Fla., has been a favorite among the wealthy looking for a sweet escape during the chilly months of winter. Today, many still flock to the decadent venue, but not just to relax. Here, you’ll find the Great Awakening, a simple, lip-smacking good libation with a powerful kick, all thanks to its prime ingredient, English gin that would gain popularity decades later as the preferred poison of James Bond. Don’t let its seductive cherry swirl fool you. This hefty cocktail is a gentleman’s drink.


  • 2 Ounces Gordon’s Gin
  • 1 Ounce cherry juice
  • 1 Ounce lime juice
  • 1 cherry


Add cherry juice to the bottom of a highball glass. Add ice to the glass. Combine other ingredients into a shaker. Pour over ice. Garnish with a cherry.

Cocktail Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Cocktail Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.