I never understood balance in a cocktail until Josh Rosenmeier made me a couple at Stockade Tavern, a classic American bar in Uptown Kingston. These people are geniuses, and Josh blew my mind with the sherry-based Flor de Jerez cocktail; it was exactly what I would have ordered had I known what it was! Amontillado sherry, Jamaican rum, apricot liquor, lemon juice, simple syrup, and bitters. Perfection! If that wasn’t amazing enough, he then made me a Barnum Cocktail; it was a touch sweeter and gin-based (with apricot brandy. lemon juice, bitters), but the progression from the Flor de Jerez was brilliant. Stockage Tavern is heavenly and gets 1000 stars in my book. Do not miss it.