The #8, brainchild of former PDT bartender Daniel Eun, is named for the number of months that Don Julio Reposado tequila is aged.
It is fantastic with the Don Julio, but this is a reliable recipe for any aged tequila you want to try out. In fact, the rich raisin and honey flavors are enough to even balance the smoke of mezcal, making for an even more intriguing drink.
Which sherry to use is a more interesting conundrum. Eun calls for Palo Cortado, a mysterious, rare varietal that has characteristics of both dry and sweet sherries. If you can’t find Palo Cortado, use any medium-bodied sherry you can find. We prefer it on the sweeter side, and typically use a sweet Oloroso.
Stir all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Express a lemon twist over the drink and use as garnish.
- The PDT Cocktail Book by Jim Meehan and Chris Gall