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7 Sherry cocktails for a Merry time

Bank on Spain’s fortified white wine, sherry, for a year-round cocktail supply.

Sherry comes in various forms - sweet, savory, and salty. From dry and acidic fino to sweet and savory oloroso, a pour of sherry brings balance to cocktails with a wide spectrum of flavors. A timeless and exciting elixir, sherry is a magic ingredient many bartenders have in their back pockets to bring about delectable taste to a drink with minimalistic efforts. So, what are you waiting for? Try your luck with one of these recipes for a sherrylicious episode.

Tinto de Verano Riff

Recipe by Griffin Cox

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Tinto de Verano Riff cocktail, Source: Website, image by Griffin Cox

Named after a British poet traveling across Spain, Tinto de Verano Riff is a magnificent mix of cold-brew coffee, sherry, lemon, red wine, and tonic. The Lustau East India Solera Sherry brings sweet nuances to manage a bitter and tangy palate.

Ingredients:

2 oz full-bodied Spanish grenache (Try Familia Bastida Paraje de Titos Garnacha)
½ oz Lustau East India Solera Sherry            
¾ oz cold-brew coffee                                
Scant ½ oz rich simple syrup (2:1 brown sugar to water)                
¼ oz fresh lemon juice                    
Tonic water

Add the first 5 ingredients to a shaker and shake with ice for 5 seconds. Double strain into an ice-filled glass and top with tonic water.

Sherry Cobbler

Recipe by The Spruce Eats

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The famous Sherry Cobbler cocktail, Source: Website, image by Maxim Fesenko

Gaining popularity in the 1880s, the Sherry Cobbler is a classic cocktail that never goes out of fashion. Sweet seasonal berries and tangy oranges add a refreshing element to the drink.

Ingredients:
4 oz of sherry (Try La Cigarrera Manzanilla)
3 orange slices
1/2 oz simple syrup
Fresh seasonal berries

Gather the ingredients. Place the sherry, orange slices, and syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake well. Pour into a tall glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a pile of fresh berries. Serve with a straw and enjoy.

Up-to-Date

Recipe by Patrick Halloran

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Up-to-Date sherry cocktail, Source: Website, image by Maddie Teren

Amontillado sherry adds a brownish hue with its rich nutty notes, combining well with the spicy pepper palate of Stormy River Rye Whiskey. A one for dark spirit lovers to cherish!

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz rye whiskey (Try Stormy River Rye Whiskey, silver medal, 2021 USA Spirits Ratings)
1 oz Amontillado sherry
½ oz orange liqueur (Combier)
2 dashes of angostura bitters
An orange peel for garnish

In a mixing glass, stir together all the ingredients with ice. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

Sherry Berry

Recipe by Sugar & Cloth

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Sherry Berry, Source: Website

For those looking to drown in a flavorsome berry blast, Sherry Berry will do the trick. Inviting cocktail heads with a sweet aromatic nose, the drink is refreshing and a great pick for long drinking hours.

Ingredients:

4 oz dry sherry (Amontillado)
4 raspberries
3 blackberries
0.75 oz lemon juice
0.5 oz orange juice
0.25 oz simple syrup
Garnish with an orange wheel, berries, and mint

Add sherry, berries, juices, and simple syrup into a shaker. Muddle the berries. Add ice and shake quickly, for about 10 seconds. Strain into a tall glass with crushed ice. Top with more crushed ice. Smack the mint on the side of the glass to release the oils before garnishing. Garnish with the orange wheel, berries, and mint.

Spanish Spritz

Recipe by Eventide Oyster Co.

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A shining Spanish Spritz cocktail, Source: Website, image by Matthew Kelly

Described as ‘warm but sparkly, summer but fall’, by Portland Maine Eventide’s manager, Ryan Smith, Spanish Spritz is a low ABV drink you can enjoy at any time of the day or night. The fino sherry makes the cocktail acidic, finishing on a dry note.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz fino sherry (Try Gonzalez Bypass Tio Pepe Fino Sherry)
1 oz ginger syrup
Cava
Lemon and lime wedges

Add the sherry and syrup to a glass filled with ice. Top off with cava. Garnish with lemon and lime wedges.

Sherry Pimm’s Cup

Recipe by Epicurious

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Sherry Pimm’s Cup, Source: Website, image by Dan Monick

Cocktails are meant to be examples of perfect fusions, and Sherry Pimm’s Cup does exactly so with Amontillado. Never underestimate what a sherry can do.

Ingredients:

1"-thick unpeeled cucumber slice
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp sugar
2 oz Pimm's No. 1
1 oz club soda
1/2 oz Amontillado sherry
1 cucumber spear
Mint sprigs
1 lime wedge

Gently muddle a 1"-thick unpeeled cucumber slice, 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice, and 1 tsp sugar in a cocktail shaker to release the juice. Add 2 oz of Pimm's No. 1 and fill with ice. Cover; shake until the outside of the shaker is frosty, for about 30 seconds. Strain into a large goblet filled with fresh ice. Top with 1 oz club soda and 1/2 oz Amontillado sherry. Garnish with a cucumber spear, mint sprigs, and a lime wedge.

Tuk Tuk

Recipe by Brian Callahan

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Tuk Tuk cocktail, Source: Website

Taking an exciting turn in flavors, Tuk Tuk unites two sherries with the aid of the green apple/makrut lime shrub. Sip on this detail-oriented cocktail invented at Tiger Mama Boston, by Brian Callahan.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Lustau Jarana Fino
0.5 oz Lustau Los Arcos Amontillado
0.5 oz Double Zero Cyril Zangs Cider Eau De Vie
0.75 oz green apple/makrut lime shrub
0.25 oz honey syrup
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
9 drops of cardamom bitters
1 tbsp Mascarpone cheese
1.5 oz soda
Mint sprig

Green apple/makrut lime shrub:
693g chopped green apple
138g sugar
1 cup makrut lime leaves
2 cups apple cider vinegar
Combine all the ingredients. Stir to incorporate sugar. Cover and let it sit for 48 hours. Strain through a cheesecloth and refrigerate.

Cocktail:
Combine all ingredients besides the soda in a shaker tin. Add crushed ice and whip shake. Add soda and pour into a Collins glass. Garnish with mint sprig.

Header image - Sherry Punch, Source: Website, image by Micheal Graydon and Nicole Herriott

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