A classic cocktail, dating back to the 1880s, this is [supposedly] the cocktail that inspired the Martini.
A bit dry, a bit sweet. The vermouth and maraschino sweeten this classic up and the Old Tom gins add a bit more body and funk (and sweet) than a London Dry gin. A really nice combo of flavors although not sure it's entirely worth the 9 or so bottles needed to make it (at least the Death & Co version). Most recipes use one type of gin, one type of sweet vermouth, one type of bitters and leave out the cherry brandy, so feel free to adjust to your taste (or bar inventory). As an aside, it's worth sipping the Hayman's and Ransom Old Tom gins side by side -- they're very different. The Ransom Old Tom, as you might suspect by its brown color, is definitely a further deviation from the gin most are accustomed to. We substituted Clear Creek Cherry Brandy for the G.E. Massenez Cherry Brandy.