Once again, it's CocktailDB to the rescue. Apparently Wes was impressed enough with my results from it one night that he consulted our cocktail oracle again the very next night, this time looking for interesting-looking cocktails with one particular ingredient in mind. He chose this one, which fooled me almost entirely. I guessed wrong as to the base spirit, although I guessed the modifiers correctly. It's another one of those cases of cocktail alchemy where the whole is completely different from the sum of its parts.

1-1/2 ounces gin.
1/2 ounce dry vermouth.
1/4 ounce sweet vermouth.
1/4 ounce Cherry Heering.
1 dash aromatic bitters.

Stir with ice in a mixing glass and strain;
garnish with twisted lemon peel.

If you can't find Cherry Heering, try Cherry Marnier
or a good sweet cherry brandy/liqueur. For the aromatic
bitters we used Angostura; try Fee's, Abbott's (if you've
got it) or Peychaud's. I expect each one will produce a
drink of an entirely different character.

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