2 oz Rye (or Bourbon)
1⁄2 oz Orange juice
1⁄2 oz Lemon juice
1 sli Orange (as garnish)
1 Maraschino cherry (as garnish)

Shake, strain, straight up, cocktail glass. Garnish (or not, as desired).


Vermeire has this as 1/4 gill (=1 oz) rye, 1/8 gill (= 1/2 oz) juices, 1 tsp grenadine. David Wondrich insists on Rye instead of Bourbon.


The earliest I can find in print is Robert Vermeier's "Cocktails How to Mix Them" from 1922, though PDT references "The Cocktail Book - A Sideboard Manual for Gentlemen" from 1915. The drink was evidently created to celebrate the victory of Democrat Martin Lomasney, who ran for the Legislature.

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  • Update: followed recipe from 1926 book by L.C. Page (2 rye, 1/2 lemon, 1/2 grenadine, 1 tsp S.S., 3 soda, shake/collins). Used homemade grenadine (no s.s.) and over ice filled collins. 5 stars.
  • My orange might have been low sugar but this felt dry and tart but quite solid.
  • With my homemade (not very sweet) grenadine, this wound up being dominated by the lemon juice and 100-proof rye. — ★★★
  • Bourbon flavor surprisingly subdued. Good intro to whiskey. Good whiskey drink for non-whiskey drinkers. — ★★★★
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Dan commented on 12/14/2012:

PDT substitutes 1 bsp pomegranate molasses plus 1/4 oz simple syrup for the grenadine. Tart and a bit darker than the original.