The International Cocktail tastes similar to a Manhattan. Exchanging Drysack Sherry for sweet vermouth makes this drink a little softer on the palate. Fresh orange peel releases incredible citrus aroma over the cocktail. The International Cocktail may feel a little watered down if compared to a classic Manhattan. A Manhattan with red vermouth is richer, more gregarious than this version. However this International Cocktail is silky smooth and sophisticated. Perhaps it is the perfect nightcap after a gentlemen’s (or lady) night out.
2 ounces Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey
1 ounce Drysack Sherry
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Orange Peel Garnish
Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir until well-chilled. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with flamed orange twist. This drink could also be served on the rocks if preferred. Place all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a fresh orange peel.
What Is Dry Sack Sherry?
Drysack Sherry uses Palomino and Pedro Ximenez grapes. It is blended sherry within the 19.5% abv range. The mixture is aged for six years using the Criaderas y Soleras system. Don’t confuse Drysack Sherry as dry on the palate. It is sweetened. The term “Medium” on the label refers to its sweetness. It is a balance between sweet and dry. The flavor is light and crisp with medium dry sweetness and hint of bitterness in the nutty finish. It can be consumed as is, but is best chilled in an aperitif glass or as an ingredient in cocktails.
Don’t confuse Drysack Sherry for Sweet Oloroso or Cream Sherry. Cream sherry is much sweeter and mahogany in color. It is velvety smooth on the palate and warming in the finish.
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