The resurgence of sherry as a cocktail ingredient has brought with it many old treasures from the past, like the Bizzy Izzy from Tom Bullock’s The Ideal Bartender. Authored in 1917, it’s the oldest cocktail manual by an African-American author.
Bullock chose sherry to cut the strength of the rye, and it was a choice that stood the test of time, coming off as wholly modern today.
The original recipe called for pineapple syrup, but it comes off a bit heavy. Bar owner Al Sotack of Jupiter Disco in Brooklyn refreshed it by swapping in fresh pineapple juice (the canned stuff is fine, too).
Shake everything (except the sparkling water) with ice and strain into a tall ice-filled glass. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a lemon wheel.