Affinity Cocktail Port Scotch Sherry Angostura Bitters

Affinity Cocktail

The AFFINITY COCKTAIL replaces the dry and sweet vermouth of the AFFINITY with dry sherry and port. The Internet knows nothing about this particular variation, although says:

“Incorporating sherry or port into a Manhattan adds tremendous body, depth of flavor and complexity to the drink. Port is a sensational replacement for sweet vermouth. On the whole they have supple bodies, fruit-laced bouquets and flavor-laden palates. It is especially well suited for pairing with whiskeys and brandies. Sherry is another stellar fortified wine tailor-made for use in gourmet Manhattans.”

What promising language! Tremendous, sensational, stellar! We have to try this.

.75 oz. Scotch (Famous Grouse)
.75 oz. dry sherry (Lustau 3 En Rama Fino de el Puerto de Santa Maria)
.75 oz. port (Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny Porto)
A few dashes of Angostura bitters

Combine with ice; shake. Strain. Add ice, and a twist of lemon plus peel, and top with a cherry.

Eric: “This drink is worse than the sum of its parts.”
Brian: “It’d be better if we drank each thing separately and then they mixed in my stomach.”
Eric: “Also, more whiskey is not the solution here.”
Brian: “Somewhere there is somebody whose taste receptors love this drink. I don’t know if I want to meet this person.”
Eric: “This variation is definitely more interesting, but more interesting does not necessarily mean better.”

SCORES: Brian 2.5, Eric 3.

Eric D. Anderson


Eric D. Anderson came to appreciate cocktails late in life and is trying to make up for lost time. He finds that crafting drinks involves the same precision, creativity, sociability, and ritual as baking—another passion—and believes that it brings people together in the same way. Eric is the director of Way of the Puck, a feature-length documentary about professional air hockey, and the editor of Stories of Quitting (, an online collection of true stories that celebrate giving up. His writing has appeared in AGNI, Painted Bride Quarterly, Perigee, Giant Robot, and Wild Quarterly, among other publications. In his free time he works as a camera operator on commercials and motion pictures.

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