...in that alternate universe where the Martini was never invented. Enter the Casino. For those times that your hankering includes the Martini-like with the hint of awesome that the Casino brings.
My favorite proportions:
2-1/2 oz Plymouth gin (Magellan also makes for an interesting variation.)
3/4 oz Noilly Prat dry vermouth (if you'd like a softer drink, try Lillet)
1/4 oz Luxardo Maraschino liqueur (NOT maraschino cherry syrup!!!!)
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, stir vigorously for 15-20 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini or cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel, first twisting it over the surface to deposit the oils. Drop a stemless brandied cherry to the bottom. I recommend preparing the ingredients for the next one as well, as you are bound to want another.