Create a Martini With Fino Sherry

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I consider myself pretty “up” on the martini and its variants, which is why I’m always pleasantly surprised whenever someone is able to introduce me to some new one. This week, I was meeting with food writer Alicia Kennedy for a forthcoming sequel of How I Consume , and she mentioned that will her partner had been making a great deal of Tuxedo No . 4s, a martini riff that’s made with fino sherry instead of vermouth.


I simply happened to have some fino sherry in my fridge, so this cocktail had been an easy, welcome addition to my martini repertoire. It is, I am happy to document, quite delicious. It’s a little nuttier than your classic martini (because of the sherry), and it pairs nicely with all the usual garnishes, as well as the much less common strip of orange zeal.


Ratio-wise, you can make this like you would your favorite martini. We went with two and a half oz . of gin and a half ounce associated with sherry, but you could use any of these four iconic martini ratios . I think the 50/50 Tuxedo No . 4 will be especially fun.

Most Tuxedo No . four recipes call for a few dashes associated with orange bitters, which I think can be quite delicious, though don’t fret unless you have any. Gin and sherry is plenty good without any extras. To create a Tuxedo No . 4, you will need:

  • 2 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce fino sherry
  • 3 dashes orange bitters

Combine all substances in a stirring glass filled with snow and stir until the drink is extremely, very cold. Strain into a coupe, ornament with an a strip of orange colored zest if so inclined, and enjoy.