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.
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.