Colony Cobbler Sherry Cocktail

This recipe mixes oloroso with rum, fruit and Demerara syrup for a refreshing drink reminiscent of an early American cobbler-style cocktail.
Colony Cobbler Sherry cocktail

Matt Piacenti, owner, Up & Up, New York City

While amontillado is a Sherry where the flor breaks up naturally, rich oloroso is made through intentional exposure to air. The cellar master destroys the flor to promote that oxidation. An oloroso’s style depends on whether the wine includes Moscatel (sweet) grapes, or is made strictly from Palomino grapes (dry). In general, they’re complex and may hint at subtle nutty or dried fruit aromas or flavors, like figs or dates. Try it in a cobbler-style cocktail, an early American drink that mixes spirit, sugar, crushed ice and fruit.

Cocktails for Five Sherry Styles
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 2 ounces oloroso Sherry
  • ½ ounce Cruzan blackstrap rum
  • ¼ ounce Smith + Cross overproof rum
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce Demerara syrup (recipe below) 
  • Lemon wheel (for garnish)

Muddle lime wedge in bottom of cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients and 2 tablespoons pebble ice or crushed ice to shaker. Shake well, then pour out into Collins glass over fresh pebble ice or crushed ice. Use spoon to hold back lime wedge. Garnish with lemon wheel. Serve with a straw.

Demerara syrup ingredients
  • 2 cups Demerara sugar
  • 1 cup water
Demerara syrup directions

In small saucepan over medium heat, stir together sugar and water until sugar dissolves. Bring water to boil, then cool to room temperature. Pour into container and cover tightly. Keeps for up to 2 weeks in refrigerator.

Published on August 20, 2018
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Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip. and NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening, which debuts in September 2018. Email:

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