Oh, good lord. The Old Tom experiments are only getting better. This drink embodies everything I love about a complex gin cocktail. There are a few different levels of sweet happening... the Heering, the Maraschino, the Campari... but each sweet brings with it its own bitter baggage, and they all add up to something greater than the sum of their parts, for sure. The combo creates an incredibly complex orange / citrus taste, perfectly balanced by a spicy, almost peppery finish (greatly helped by the coriander and cardamom of the Ransom Old Tom). Trey writes that he usually uses Haymans, as the recipe calls for, but that he also enjoyed the additional herbal notes of the Ransom.
If you have these ingredients on hand, this drink is well worth your time. Bitter, complex, and citrusy. Great first presentation, super round and intense fruity flavor, then a very, very dry finish. Just do it, for Pete's sake. (From Beta Cocktails)
Variation on a Theme:
2 oz Hayman’s Old Tom Gin
1/2 oz Cherry Heering
1/4 oz Campari
1/2 barspoon Maraschino
1 dash Regan’s Orange
Stir, strain, garnish with an orange twist.