3 Delicious Cocktails to Make with Amontillado Sherry
It’s like the Goldilocks of the sherry world, and your new secret weapon.
April 13, 2018
If there’s one true secret-weapon ingredient in our cocktail arsenal, it would be sherry. Well, sherries. To say “sherry” is misleading, because these fortified wines are crazy diverse — fino sherries are lighter and drier than even the driest white wine; Pedro Ximinez are rich, boozier, sweeter.
So let’s call amontillado the Goldilocks of the sherry world. Medium-bodied, they gain intriguing nutty notes from oxidation and often show remarkable complexity. And at under 20 percent ABV, they add layers and layers of flavor to cocktails without all the alcohol that spirits contribute. Here are three drinks we love.
Easy: Bamboo Revisited
The Bamboo is a terrifically classy cocktail that dates back to the 1890s, a simple drink of fino sherry and dry vermouth. For a low-alcohol sipper, you can’t get more sophisticated. Our version is a bit richer, using amontillado sherry instead of bone-dry fino, and a light, floral Bianco vermouth instead of the dry stuff. Best part: Two before dinner won’t leave you woozy.
Intermediate: Sherry-Rum Rickey
There’s a distinct savory, complex character to amontillado that makes for an incredible pairing with funky Jamaican rum. Add some lime and soda and you’ve got a drink that’s half Caribbean, half south of Spain; what’s not to like?
Advanced: Mint Cobbler
Nothing more than sherry with crushed-up fruit and sugar — and lots of ice — the cobbler is among the most refreshing drinks we know. (And, again, quite low-alcohol, so a big delicious cocktail won’t get you fuzzy-headed.) Muddling orange lets the citrus oils integrate into the cocktail, while mint adds a fresh herbal element. Both perfect sidekicks for amontillado sherry.