Drink This: Honest Day’s Wage

Craig OuthierJune 25, 2020
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For many of us, sherry is the thing that collects dust in our cooking cabinet between its infrequent uses making soup and the like. Not for Jason Asher. The Barter & Shake Hospitality honcho and barman behind UnderTow and Century Grand is something of a sherry evangelist, deploying the Spanish fortified wine frequently in his ongoing guerrilla campaign against booze illiteracy.

Consider this sweet little concoction, Honest Day’s Wage. Based on the classic flip – a mixed drink created by 17th-century sailors, in which a mixture of beer, rum and sugar was brought to froth by a hot iron and sipped to ward off high seas chills – the nog-like cocktail combines spicy Lustau East India sherry with house-made carrot cake syrup and a generous pour of bourbon.

Photo courtesy Barter & Shake
Photo courtesy Barter & Shake

To earn your Wage at home, combine ½ oz. carrot cake syrup*, 1 whole egg, ½ oz. Lustau East India sherry, ½ oz. Averna Amaro and 1 ½ oz. Russell’s Reserve 10 Year bourbon in a mixer and shake with ice. Strain into a coupe and garnish with nutmeg and Maldon salt. Asher elects to serve it with a sidebar of Lustau East India, to accelerate your sherry learning curve.

* Values have been generalized for laymen mixologists. Heat 1 quart water to a boil. Remove from heat and add 1 quart brown sugar, 1 cup of golden raisins, 1 shake of allspice, 2 shakes each of cinnamon and nutmeg and ½ cup of grated carrots. Stir and infuse 24 hours in a sealed container. Strain and refrigerate.


Century Grand

3626  E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix


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