Bizzy Izzy

Oloroso sherry has been used in cocktails since before Prohibition, its sweetness and body a great match for aged spirits like bourbon. Tom Bullock uses both in the Bizzy Izzy, a cocktail from the classic 1917 book The Ideal Bartender.   Slideshow: More Bourbon Cocktail Recipes 

Bizzy Izzy
Photo: Savanna Sturkie
1 cocktail


  • 1 1/4 ounces oloroso sherry, such as Bodega Grant “La Garrocha” or Lustau

  • 1 ounce 100-proof bourbon, such as Old Forester Signature

  • 1/2 ounce Demerara Syrup (2 parts raw demerara sugar to 1 part hot water, dissolved)

  • 1/2 ounce fresh pineapple juice

  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

  • 3 ounces soda water

  • Maraschino cherry and pineapple frond (optional), for garnish


  1. Combine sherry, bourbon, Syrup, pineapple, and lemon juice in a shaker. Shake vigorously to combine, and then strain into a collins glass filled with ice cubes. Top with soda water, and garnish with cherry and pineapple frond, if using.

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