The earliest reference I could find to this cocktail is the original Savoy Cocktail Book from 1930. Craddock’s recipe is slightly different from mine; I prefer a little less orange juice and a little more Gran Marnier. I was worried that the orange flavor would overpower the rest of the drink, but the gin and sweet vermouth have a nice presence and provide good balance.
This is a fairly straightforward cocktail to make. Since juicing the orange is the only step that requires any effort that is where I like to start. I tried this using both Plymouth and Hendrick’s gin and preferred the flavor of the Hendrick’s, but with all of the other flavors going on, any decent gin should yield favorable results.
One note of caution, this is one of those drinks that can really sneak up on you!
¾ oz gin
¾ oz dry vermouth
¾ oz sweet vermouth
½ oz gran marnier
½ oz orange juice
2 heavy dashes orange bitters
Put all ingredients into an ice filled shaker. Shake vigorously. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cherries and serve.