This recipe appears in:Classic Drinks: Andrew Jackson and The Old Hickory Cocktail
This pungent twist on the classic Old Hickory Cocktail substitutes uses bittersweet, vegetal Cynar instead of sweet vermouth and dry Manzanilla sherry instead of dry vermouth, with the proportions adjusted a bit to balance the stronger flavors.
Note: Bittermens Burlesque Bitters and Hopped Grapefruit Bitters can be found at liquor stores and online.
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- 1 3/4 ounces Cynar
- 1 1/2 ounces Manzanilla sherry
- 8 drops Bittermens Burlesque Bitters (see note above)
- 8 drops Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters (see note above)
- Garnish: grapefruit twist
Add the Cynar, sherry, and both bitters to mixing glass. Fill 2/3 full with ice and stir until well chilled, about 20 seconds.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the grapefruit twist and serve.