Cocktail Recipes

Cocktail Recipe: The Masque of the Red Death

lazzaroni amaretto cherry cocktail
This cocktail by Kyle Takacs is the winning recipe from the KegWorks Lazzaroni Amaretto Cherry Cocktail Contest. Its name, which borrows from a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, might be a little morbid, but don't let that deter you; It is light, refreshing, and well balanced--a perfect warm weather drink!

The Masque of the Red Death


1 ounce vodka
3/4 ounce Cherry Heering
1/2 ounce vanilla simple syrup*
3/4 ounce lemon juice
3 Lazzaroni Amaretto Cherries
1-2 ounces club soda


  1. Fill a tall glass with ice.
  2. Combine all ingredients (except for sparkling water) in a shaking tin. Fill remainder of the tin with ice, seal, and shake vigorously.
  3. Strain the drink into the ice-filled glass.
  4. Top off the glass with sparkling water and garnish with an Amaretto Cherry.

*You can easily make vanilla simple syrup at home. Heat 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan, all the while giving it a few good stirs to ensure the sugar fully dissolves. Once the mixtures comes to a boil, turn off the heat. When it cools completely, stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. This will make enough simple syrup for many cocktails; refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container.

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