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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 drink
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1 1/2 ounces dry Palo Cortado sherry

1 ounce bourbon, such as Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon 

1/2 ounce sweet vermouth, such as Dolin

4 dashes cherry bitters 

High-quality maraschino cherry, such as Luxardo, for garnish


  1. Add the sherry, bourbon, vermouth and bitters to a cocktail shaker, add large ice and stir thoroughly. Taste for balance, then single-strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a cherry and serve.

Cook’s Note

This variation on a classic Manhattan is accentuated with the use of dry Palo Cortado sherry, which has a long nutty finish that pairs particularly well with hard sharp cheeses. The addition of cherry bitters and a cherry along with the bourbon and sweet vermouth plays to every part of the palate.