Moscatel adds a nutty sweetness to this elegant cocktail. Enjoy it as an aperitif, served with a meal, or as a digestif. The Perfect Lepanto was awarded 2nd runner up in the 2011 Sherry Cocktail Competition.
Cream sherry is the only sweetener in this snappy autumn sour. Its richness balances out the acidity of the Earl Grey shrub & lemon juice quite pleasantly, allowing its caramel and dried fruit to shine with the gin and Benedictine.
Inspired by pairing coffee and Pedro Ximenez sherry, this is a riff on a Tiki classic, the Mr. Bali Hai. Amontillado (or Oloroso) bulks up the sherry quotient and helps to beat down PX's sweetness to a manageable a la minute cream sherry level.