Lemon Zest

At Baleen San Diego, Palo cortado is a special variety of sherry that's known for having both the rich, nutty flavor of an oloroso and the bright acidity of an amontillado. Mixologist Brian Van Flandern blends it with gin and Cognac in this spin on a Collins.

1 drink


  • Ice

  • 1 ounce Cognac

  • 3/4 ounce palo cortado or amontillado sherry

  • 1/2 ounce gin

  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup

  • 1 ounce chilled lemon soda

  • 1 lemon twist


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the lemon soda and lemon twist. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Stir in the lemon soda. Flame the twist over the drink, then drop it in.

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