A classic mixed drink from the cocktail’s early days. This simple recipe is, as far as our research can tell, what George Washington served his British guests. It’s doubtful his version had ice, but use it anyway.

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Sherry & Bitters Sherry & Bitters
This is what George Washington might've served his British guests; although it doubtful his version had ice, we suggest you use it.
Yield: makes one cocktail
Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 oz. amontillado sherry
  • 4 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • Orange peel, to garnish


  1. In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, stir with bitters. Strain into a small, stemmed sour glass and twist 1 orange peel over top.