Mature Content: Mixing Cocktails With Sherry

January 31, 2015 7:33 AM

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Mature Content: Mixing Cocktails With Sherry

BARTENDING TREND watchers have been reminding us that Sherry is more than just your grandmother’s drink for so long that the conceit itself seems old enough to be your grandmother. And yes, the fortified wine—made from grapes grown in Andalusia, Spain, and allowed to mature in a series of oak casks—has, over the last several years, entered heavy rotation among bartenders with a sense of history and a taste for well-aged ingredients. Yet, in the hearts and on the home bars of a large number of their customers, Sherry has yet to regain a foothold.

The reluctance may persist due to a misperception that all Sherries are sweet. Not so. Only a small segment of the wide range of styles skew sweet. For mixing, Sherries on the drier end of the spectrum serve best. That means Fino, the driest, palest style; Manzanilla, a type of Fino produced close t...

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