Alex Francis from The Devil’s Darling and Sack Bar creates a stir with his Unión cocktail: an unforgettable sherry masterpiece with the addition of vermouth, olive orgeat and an orange twist. All those in favour say ay!

NO 7 Alex from Sack

What you need:

60ml Leanor Palo Cortado
10ml Extra Seco Vermouth
5ml Olive Orgeat
1 Orange Twist

Olive Orgeat Recipe:

150g Maracona Almonds
150g Pitted Gordal Olives
150g Sugar
150g Water

Blend/crush the olives and almonds into a semi smooth paste, bring the water and sugar to the boil and reduce to simmer, add the olive and almond paste and bring to the boil again, then remove from the heat and allow to cool. Leave to steep for 4-8hrs. Fine strain through cheese cloth or similar material. Finally add in a small amount of vodka or a relatively neutral spirit to fortify.

How to make it:

Stir down all ingredients, strain over cubed/block ice in a stemmed glass (cocktail glass or small wine glass ideally). Garnish with an olive.