Old Spanish

2 oz Manzanilla sherry
1 oz Cynar
14 oz Raspberry syrup (or cassis)
1 oz Tonic water
1 wdg Orange (as garnish)
2   Olive (as garnish, on rim)
Stir with ice, strain over tonic, garnish.
In the last season of 30 Rock, Cooter Burger introduces Jack Donaghy to the Old Spanish, a cocktail of his own invention composed of red wine, tonic water, and olives. Later, Mad Men paid tribute by having unctuous ad man Ted Chaough order an Old Spanish and receive a drink matching that description. We’ve decided to imagine what that drink might have looked like if it were a true old style Spanish aperitivo rather than a clumsy disaster; a craft Old Spanish, if you like. Thus: sherry for wine and brine, Cynar for bitter, tonic for bubbles, cassis to round it all off. We like to imagine a Spanish Don Draper ordering one of these, in the afternoon of the dusty cantina, coolly lighting a cigarette, staring broodingly into the distance as ceiling fans spin lazily overhead and cantineros swat at flies, in the quiet years before the war.
From other users
  • Great aperitif. Good with raspberry syrup in place of cassis. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Easy drinking. Reminiscent of an Aperol Spritz, though it shares no ingredients. — ☆☆☆☆