Monday, December 2, 2019


1 1/2 oz Manzanilla Sherry (Lustau Fino)
1 oz Sweet Vermouth (Martini Grand Lusso)
3/4 oz Campari

Stir with ice, strain into a Nick & Nora glass, and garnish with orange oil from a twist.
Two Mondays ago, I was still exhausted from a long work week, so I wanted something low proof as a compromise to abstaining completely. Therefore, I reached for Drew Lazor's Session Cocktails book and spotted the Sharon by New York City bartender Tristan Willey. The Sharon was his lower proof Negroni riff, and he described how "Dry sherry has such as strong backbone. It lends so much to a drink while asking so little of the drinker." Once assembled, the Sharon welcomed the nose with savory and orange oil aromas. Next, an off-dry red grape sip stepped aside to sweet vermouth transitioning to dry, crisp sherry with bitter orange notes in between on the swallow.

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