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Up-to-Date Sherry Cocktail

Patrick Halloran, bar manager, Henrietta Red, Nashville

Amontillados take on a brown hue, due to extended contact with air inside the solera barrels. Compared to the crisp, saline flavors of finos and Manzanillas, amontillados deliver oxidized, nutty, umami-rich notes. It’s a popular choice for cocktails, since it’s nutty but not particularly sweet. That makes it a versatile foil for darker spirits like whiskey or aged rum.


1 ½ ounces rye whiskey
1 ounce amontillado Sherry
½ ounce orange liqueur, like Combier
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Orange peel (for garnish)


In mixing glass, stir together all ingredients, except garnish, with ice. Strain into coupe glass. Garnish with orange peel.