If you fancy a cocktail with a strong bitter punch, meet the famed Sherman cocktail that is sure to please your palate. A staple at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City during the 1930’s, Sherman is a twist on the classic Manhattan with the addition of absinthe and two types of bitters – angostura and orange.
The spicy and dry tone of rye whisky ties exquisitely well with the bitter sweet texture of the rest of the concoction. The first known recipe book, “Old Waldorf Bar Days” by Albert Crockett, compiled for those seeking to serve sophisticated beverages features the Sherman recipe among a collection of 350 odd cocktail recipes.
The debated ingredient absinthe, often referred to as La Fee Verte (The Green Fairy) in historical literature, is infamous for inducing hallucinations and fueling creativity.
While traditionalists condemned the drink and its alleged degenerative aspects and psychoactive properties, artists like Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, Paul Verlaine have hinged on this high-proof spirit for artistic stimulus.
Make your own Sherman cocktail
To fix yourself a glass of this ol’ pot-valiant you will need 60 ml of rye whiskey, 30 ml of sweet vermouth, 1/2 teaspoon absinthe, 1/8 teaspoon Angostura bitters, 1/8 teaspoon orange bitters.
Place ice in a cocktail pitcher or shaker. Pour in whiskey, sweet vermouth, and absinthe. Add Angostura and orange bitters. Shake well and strain the cocktail into a rocks glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon. Sit back and enjoy.
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At a time when spiffy new cocktails are in vogue, revelling in the past is often a welcome change. After all, even the most foamed and smoked, avant-garde cocktail bars also rave over the classics. Why? Because the best of vintage cocktails have been groomed so perfectly over decades that they never become obsolete. Old is gold indeed.