Up-to-Date Sherry Cocktail

The nutty and not-so-sweet flavor of amontillado Sherry make it ideal for mixing with the rye whiskey in this complex cocktail.
Up-to-Date Cocktail / Photo by Maddie Teren

Patrick Halloran, bar manager, Henrietta Red, Nashville

Amontillados take on a brown hue, due to extended contact with air inside the solera barrels. Compared to the crisp, saline flavors of finos and Manzanillas, amontillados deliver oxidized, nutty, umami-rich notes. It’s a popular choice for cocktails, since it’s nutty but not particularly sweet. That makes it a versatile foil for darker spirits like whiskey or aged rum.

Cocktails for Five Sherry Styles
  • 1 ½ ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce amontillado Sherry
  • ½ ounce orange liqueur, like Combier
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Orange peel (for garnish)

In mixing glass, stir together all ingredients, except garnish, with ice. Strain into coupe glass. Garnish with orange peel.

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: spirits@wineenthusiast.net

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