Red V/X

In this twist on a Hemingway Daiquiri, a tangy grapefruit cordial stands in for the more traditional grapefruit juice. Demerara syrup adds depth, as does Jamaican rum.

2 oz. Jamaican rum
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. grapefruit cordial
¼ oz. Demerara syrup (1:1)
¼ oz. maraschino liqueur
Tools: shaker tin, strainer
Glass: cocktail

Combine all ingredients with ice in a shaker. Shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled glass.

For the grapefruit cordial: Peel 6 grapefruits and 2 limes, and add the peels and ½ a vanilla bean to 1 lb. of granulated sugar. Use a muddler to gently muddle the peels and vanilla into the sugar. Cover and let sit at room temperature for at least 2 hours. Juice the grapefruits and limes and add to the sugar mixture. Transfer the mixture to a pan and stir over low heat until the sugar  dissolves. Pour through a fine strainer. Bottle and refrigerate until use.

Jon Gasparini, Rye, San Francisco