You’ve seen it in wine shops, on restaurant beverage lists, and even in Plated recipes—but what exactly is Sherry, anyway? This fortified wine from Spain comes in a range of sweetness levels, from bone-dry to lusciously sweet, so no matter your preference, there’s sure to be a style that strikes your fancy. Another defining factor of Sherry is whether or not it’s oxidized, or allowed exposure to oxygen. This process changes the flavors of the drink from yeasty and tart to nutty and rich.
Looking for the perfect foray into Sherry? Try our spin on a classic cocktail, the Sherry Cobbler. The drink traditionally combines Sherry, sugar, and citrus, poured over crushed ice and garnished with a bounty of fresh fruit. For this version, we suggest Amontillado Sherry, which undergoes some oxidative aging, giving the drink a complex nutty character. We use tart pomegranate juice in place of the citrus, swap the sugar for tangy-sweet grenadine, and add a splash of club soda for refreshing effervescence.
Sherry Cobbler Spritz with Pomegranate
Blackberries, raspberries, and fresh pomegranate seeds, for garnish (optional)
2 ounces dry Amontillado Sherry
2 ounces pomegranate juice
½ ounce grenadine
2 ounces club soda
1. Rinse blackberries and raspberries, if using, and pat dry with paper towel. Fill a highball glass with crushed or shaved ice.
2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes, combine Sherry, pomegranate juice, and grenadine; shake vigorously until well-chilled and thoroughly combined.
3. Strain into prepared glass. Top with club soda and a generous handful of blackberries, raspberries, and pomegranate seeds. Enjoy!
Recipe contributed by Plated Recipe Editor Sara Heegaard.
This article is intended for individuals 21-years-old and over. Please drink responsibly.
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