The Aphrodite

Thanks to curious millennials, sherry is enjoying a resurgence and the Aphrodite is a captivating intro to the wine’s distinctive tastes. It’s a slightly sweeter update on the all-but-forgotten Adonis cocktail, named after the first Broadway play that ran for more than 500 shows in the 1880s. The Aphrodite takes up the mantle of this lost legend by appealing to modern palates unaccustomed to the savory and sugary styles that underappreciated sherry can offer. Whereas the Adonis used the driest of the sherries, fino, the Aphrodite swaps in the less dry and more approachable oloroso-style (though a quality cream sherry will also do in a pinch). To keep things balanced, the Aphrodite adds a shot of dry and sweet vermouth rather than just the sweet vermouth the Adonis carries. The result is a reimagined classic with a deep caramel taste as dark as its hues.

1oz oloroso sherry
1oz dry vermouth
1oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters
orange peel, for garnish

Place all liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice. Stir slowly until ice-cold, about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange twist.