The Night Breed

Starring Amontillado

Finalist of the 2015 U.S. Sherry Cocktail Competition

This is a different, precariously balanced, and refreshing cocktail. Though the ingredients are strongly flavored, the Sherry vermouth is still the star.


1 oz 
Housemade Barbadillo Amontillado Vermouth*
1 oz 
Ford's Gin
.5 oz 
fresh lemon juice
Heaping barspoon 
rich simple syrup (2:1)
1 eye dropper 
#22 Plum Bitters
edible flowers (nasturtium, if available)


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Double strain into a fancy coupe and garnish with fragrant edible flowers.

*Housemade Amontillado Vermouth
6 bottles Barbadillo Amontillado Sherry
5 grams wormwood
5 grams chamomile
13 grams juniper berries
9 grams cardamom
18 grams coriander
12 grams grains of paradise
6 lemon peels
6 grapefruit peels
1/4 cup rich simple syrup
Add all ingredients to a large Cambro and let steep for 24 hours. Strain out solids.
Then add:
3 simcoe hops pellets dissolved in 1/2 cup neutral vodka (dissolved then strained)
Let set another 24 hours. Chill and serve.

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Pairing Amontillado with food

Amontillado should be served at a temperature of between 12 and 14º C.

It is an ideal wine to accompany soups and consommés, white meat, blue fish (tuna), wild mushrooms and semi-cured cheeses.

It combines perfectly with vegetables such as asparagus and artichokes.


Amontillado fast facts

Slightly Chilled in a White Wine Glass

Serve it between 12° and 14° C in a white wine glass.

Dry but Intense

Its dry and intense flavour adapts to difficult and risky pairings.

Ideal to Drink Glass by Glass

Its composition allows it to be stored in open bottles for months.

Analytic data

  • Alcoholic content between 16 and 22% vol.
  • Sugar < 5 gr. / litre (normally < 1 gr. per litre)
  • Total Acidity (tartaric) 4 - 6 gr. / litre
  • Volatile Acidity (acetic) < 0,8 gr. / litre
  • Very Low In Glycerine Content 3 - 5 gr. / litre
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