From the highly dry to slyly sweet, sherries span the spectrum. Their range and depth are why bartenders revere the fortified wines as a way to add complexity to their creations. Here are 10 sherry cocktails that will lend an air of sophistication to your next meal.
Park Avenue Tavern, New York, New York
Sometimes the simplest combinations are the most classic. The house Manhattan features just three ingredients: Amontillado sherry, rye, and Amaro Montenegro. You could call it a liquid icon. Make a reservation at Park Avenue Tavern.
Henley, Nashville, Tennessee.
It all starts with a cask of Amontillado. Luckily, it doesn’t finish with someone being walled up. The Old Bell is a much happier ending featuring Amontillado sherry, bourbon, Licor 43, absinthe, and orange bitters. Make a reservation at Henley.
Radiator, Washington, D.C.
Lead bartender Sarah Rosner loves sherry cobblers. Her version features Oloroso sherry, fresh vanilla bean, cinnamon syrup, muddled citrus, and seasonal berries. She tops it off with pebble ice and fresh mint. Make a reservation at Radiator.
Cibo Trattoria, Vancouver, British Columbia
The Petals and Pansies is floral, fragrant, and frothy. Dry Fino sherry gets accented with passion fruit, grapefruit, and jasmine green tea. The results are like springtime in a glass. Make a reservation at Cibo Trattoria.
Hampton + Hudson, Atlanta, Georgia
Forget the down low. Now there’s the Keep It on the Low Low, which features coconut-infused Fino sherry, Dolin Blanc, Pamplemousse rosé, and lavender. It’ll blow blow you away. Make a reservation at Hampton + Hudson.
Virtu Honest Craft, Scottsdale, Arizona
The sweetness of Fino sherry shines in the Spice Market. It’s built with reposado tequila, lemon juice, Moroccan spices, bitters, and an absinthe rinse. The delicately layered, complex cocktail incorporates shades of spice, sweetness, heat, and acidity. Make a reservation at Virtu Honest Craft.
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Vancouver, British Columbia
It’s a G&T by the sea. Fino sherry, gin, tonic, and lemon are used to create the cocktail, which is served with a freshly shucked oyster. It’s a slurp ‘n’ sip proposition. Make a reservation at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar.
Jamonera, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A caramel-rich, salty Amontillado is the backbone of the Lincoln Club Cup. Lillet, Benedictine, a trio of citrus, and muddled cucumber offer a counterpoint. Spanish sparkling wine tops it off to add texture and weight. Make a reservation at Jamonera.
Porron and Pina, Hartford, Connecticut
First, choose gin or vodka. It’s then mixed with Alvear sherry, burnt orange oil, and Maldon sea salt. The results are alluring and unforgettable. Make a reservation at Porron and Pina.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: Mia Yakel (Hampton + Hudson); Andrea Behrends (Henley); Bondfire Media (Jamonera); Jenna Murray/In Good Company Hospitality (Park Avenue Tavern); Debby Volvos (Virtu Honest Craft).