Betty Carter

Contributed by Jeremy Oertel, Berlyn | Brooklyn, NY

Just across from the Brooklyn Academy of Music is a sweet little space called Berlyn, the apt home of this mellow whiskey drink. New York bartender Jeremy Oertel began with the idea of Betty Carter, legendary jazz singer who once lived in Berlyn’s neighborhood, Fort Greene. “I wanted ingredients that were rich and soulful, like port or sherry,” says Oertel. Eventually he came up with a sherry-infused whiskey sour of sorts whose “flavors made me think of Carter’s kind of music,” with bourbon, Amaro Nonino and rich PX sherry.


Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon (preferably Buffalo Trace)
  • 3/4 ounce PX sherry (preferably Hidalgo-La Gitana Triana)
  • 1/2 ounce Amaro Nonino
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.