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The Noble One

Noble One cocktail

Eric Medsker

Your cocktail doesn’t require a big, boozy base. For a delicious drink that’s low-ABV and yet still seems spirit-forward, let white port and cream sherry take center stage. 

The Noble One, created by Javelle Taft, the head bartender at Death & Co. NYC, is a riff on a classic Bamboo. It calls for equal measures of white port and pale cream sherry, plus a bit of apricot liqueur and honey syrup and a dash of orange bitters. “It’s meant for the spirit-forward imbiber that wants to sip something similar in temperature and texture but lighter on the alcohol content,” says Taft. 

To pull together these complex flavors, Taft uses a bolder style of white port “that’s rich and nutty on the nose but quite dry on the finish,” he says. “Drier-style ports are great to work with because you can add layers of flavors without it being sweet or marzipan-like.”


  • 1 1/2 ounces Quinta do Infantado white port

  • 1 1/2 ounces Alvear pale cream sherry

  • 1 teaspoon Massenez Orchard apricot liqueur

  • 1/2 teaspoon honey syrup

  • 1 dash orange bitters

  • Garnish: lemon twist


  1. Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a rocks glass.

  3. Express the oils from a lemon twist over the drink and discard the twist.