A Bird in the Shrub Is Worth Two in the Bush

Carla Rivera | Miami

Carla Rivera is obsessed with calculating the ABV of cocktails. This one, a deceitfully low-proof take on a Silver Sour, comes out to 13.3125% ABV, or 26.625 proof. Slightly nutty (re: sherry) and sour (re: shrub), with lift from the egg white, this drink has a balance of light complexity and extreme drinkability.


Serving: 1

  • 1 ounce gin, preferably Bombay Sapphire East
  • 3/4 ounce amontillado sherry, preferably Osborne Medium Sherry
  • 3/4 ounce jackfruit-clove shrub (see Editor's Note)
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 egg white

Garnish: a few dashes of Angostura bitters

  1. Add all ingredients to shaker without ice and dry-shake.
  2. Add ice and shake again.
  3. Double-strain into glass and garnish with bitters.
Editor's Note

Jackfruit Clove Shrub
1 package frozen jackfruit
Apple cider vinegar
brown sugar

Jackfruit is hard to find fresh and a pain to break down, so you can get frozen at most supermarkets. Let one package sit with apple cider vinegar and cloves for 2 days in the refrigerator, then reduce down over the low heat, adding brown sugar to taste.