Sometimes brands matter. The Lustau East India Sherry (a cream sherry) has a deep, sweet, complex flavor which adds a bit of raisin to the drink and should not be substituted. Aperol, of course, is specific to its Italian bitters liqueur category and should also not be substituted. I’ll let you choose whatever rye you like.
- 2 ounce rye whiskey
- 3/4 ounce Lustau East India sherry
- ½ ounce Aperol
- 2 dash Angostura bitters
- medium ice cubes (as needed)
- 1 orange twist (as garnish)
Combine the rye, sherry, Aperol, and Angostura in mixing glass half filled with medium ice cubes. Stir gently about 20 seconds. Julep strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist; its oil expressed onto the surface and rubbed onto the rim.