The mixing of drinks has been, and might very well forever be, highly susceptible to the ebb and flow of trends. Whether it be the ubiquity of Amari, or smoky dashes of mezcal and Islay scotch, it seems like when something new catches on in the cocktail world it spreads like wildfire. What's in vogue now? The splitting of base spirits.
Cocktails mixing whiskies, rums, and tequilas of different types -- as well as recipes mixing unlikely bedfellows -- have been popping up with increasing regularity over the last few years. And in Crosby Gaige’s Cocktail Guide, there's a cocktail that demonstrates this with alacrity: The Country Life, which is a mix of port, rum, and bourbon. With a little substitution, we get something a little drier and a little more modern. Enter the Sporting Life. —Erik Lombardo
Add the cream sherry, rum, and Cognac to a mixing glass. Add a dash of bitters, top with ice, and stir for 5 to 10 seconds, depending on the size of your ice. (If they're large, solid cubes, stir for the full ten seconds.)
Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with an orange twist.