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.

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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.

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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.