The New Hickory Cocktail

[Photograph: Nick Caruana]

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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The New Hickory Cocktail

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:2 minutes
Total time:2 minutes
Special equipment:Mixing Glass, Barspoon, Strainer, Cocktail Glass, Citrus Peeler
This recipe appears in: Classic Drinks: Andrew Jackson and The Old Hickory Cocktail


  • 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


  1. 1

    Add the Cynar, sherry, and both bitters to mixing glass. Fill 2/3 full with ice and stir until well chilled, about 20 seconds.

  2. 2

    Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the grapefruit twist and serve.

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