Fancy trying a Sherry based cocktail?
Forget all that you know about Sherry. Shake off those images of Christmas drinks served sweet and dark to the grandparents because Sherry is having somewhat of a renaissance in North America and indeed we’re seeing the same here in the UK. Walk into some of the trendiest cocktail bars and members clubs and you may start to notice Sherry a little more on the menu.
The Sherry glass itself is an experience
It remains a niche and for some an undiscovered taste, but there are some fabulous drinks that can be made with Sherry and then there are some varieties that are just fantastic themselves. The archetypal Sherry glass, or schooner, is a wonder and drinking experience in itself – designed with its narrow taper to enhance its aroma.
Sherry is perfect for longer drinking sessions
With a range of between 15 and 20 percent alcohol, sherry fits into the category of longer “session drinking” with people trying lower alcohol, multiple drinks over time. Compare that to some cocktails with a spirit base of gin, vodka, rum or whisky for example and then you’ll soon see (and feel) that an extra glass can be enjoyed with a little less… wallop shall we say!
The history of Sherry
Sherry is in fact one of the first wines to have Designation of Origin dating back to 1483 – it can only be made in what is known as the Sherry Triangle and distinctively three Spanish towns less than 20 miles apart in south west Spain. A stone’s throw from Morocco and home to a busy trading port that has seen merchants sending their wares all over the world for centuries.
A versatile and affordable drink
Made from three different grape varieties including: Palomino, Muscat and Pedro Ximenez – grown in what tends to be limestone-rich, chalky soil. Most Sherries are made with just one varietal and then blended with older casks so that they achieve consistency in flavour. There’s no doubt that more and more people are realising how versatile and affordable Sherry is.
Making a revival in cocktail culture
The revitalisation of Sherry began picking up again in cocktail culture around 10 years ago as mixologists experimented with the revival of pre-prohibition classics from speakeasies. A vintage cocktail from this time is a really simple but classic Sherry Cobbler – a mix of sherry, sugar and citrus poured over crushed ice.
In fact there is a Sherry Cocktail competition held in America and last year's winner was a Calypso Cobbler made by bartender, Sam Johnson. The flavours of banana, coconut and vanilla are soft and a great pairing with spicy foods. You can check out Sam's amazing cocktail and recipe at Sherry Wines website here
Try a glass of Sherry with Spanish tapas
When you're thinking about incorporating sherry into your menu. Whether that's a wedding breakfast, dinner party or corporate event, then we'd suggest that sherry is a great accompaniment for particular savoury dishes. Particularly Spanish tapas, which it seems it was made for. Try a chilled glass of fino (meaning ‘refined’ in Spanish) with Jamon and you’ll be blown away with its fresh, dry and nutty flavours.