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 FinestCall.com 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.