Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Bourbon Cocktails

Midnight Special

Image: Virginia Miller

This cocktail by Camille Cavan, the bar manager at Portland Ore.’s Quaintrelle, recalls the tart sweetness of a Whiskey Sour with the subtle bitter of a Boulevardier or Old Pal. With a bourbon base, sherry provides structure, and Tempus Fugit Gran Classico bitter brings a bitter touch. In the end, this is a citrus-forward drink, rounded out with drops of lemon oil and silky egg white.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Love Bourbon? Go Drink These 11 Bourbon Cocktails in a Bar Near You.”


  • 1 1/2 Buffalo Trace bourbon
  • 3/4 oz Simple syrup
  • 3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz Oloroso sherry
  • 1/4 oz Tempus Fugit Gran Classico bitter
  • 1 Egg white
  • Garnish: Black walnut bitters
  • Garnish: Lemon twist


  1. Add all the ingredients except the egg white to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously.

  2. Fine-strain into a rocks glass over 1 large ice cube.

  3. Add the egg white to an empty shaker and dry-shake for about 10 seconds, and pour over the cocktail.

  4. Garnish with a few drops of black walnut bitters and 1 expressed lemon twist.