Want a sherry-based martini? Try the Barbara West Cocktail:

  • 2.0 ounces gin
  • 1.0 ounce sherry
  • 0.5 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 small dash Angostura bitters

Shake in an iced cocktail shaker, and strain into a cocktail glass.

I have no idea why this drink is named what it is. There was a famous Titanic survivor named Barbara West as well as a TV news anchor, but I think the latter Babs would be too young to have inspired a vintage cocktail.

The Good Doctor explains that this is the same as a Creole Cocktail but with bitters, and if you mix the gin and sherry in 4:1 proportions you get Gordon’s Cocktail. I wasn’t able to find outside confirmation on either of those, however,

It was good, but I think I would have rather had a more traditional martini, and I’m also not much of a martini drinker. With the gin the flavor was reminiscent of that drink but the sherry adds some depth that makes it distinctive.

Rating: 3/5

Notes: I went with Broker’s Gin, which is one of my favorites. The recipe recommended an Amontillado sherry (which I can’t see without thinking of Edgar Allen Poe) so I used a Lustau I had on hand.

Barbara West Cocktail