Seeing a long holiday weekend in front of me I thought it was the perfect opportunity to experiment with a newly acquired bottle of sherry. Specifically a bottle of Sandeman Armada Rich Cream Oloroso Sherry. I have to admit that when I bought the bottle I missed the rich cream part of the name, having been to excited about finally seeing a sherry with Oloroso in the name in a local liquor store. Not a totally loss, though, as some research soon revealed it would be a good substitute for East India Solera Sherry, which I had seen in a number of recipes on Cocktail
Virgin Slut. So, on to the experiments from lat night.
And what to try first? Well, with sherry it must be a cobbler.I found a recipe on C
VS for a cobbler made with a PX sherry. and as mine was quite sweet on the first taste, with a lovely nutty, slightly oxidized taste, this made sense to try
2 oz Sherry
1 bsp Demerara Syrup
17 drops Bittermans Xocoatl Mole Bitters
Stir with ice and strain over pearl(crushed) ice.
Hmm, nice, but maybe to sweeyt. I love the interplay of the sherry and mole bitters, but the cocktail seems to lack depth overall.
So next I decide to try the Sherry Cobbler recipe II had used for previous sherry experiments, and that had yielded a pleasing large format drink for a party some years ago.
4 Oz Sherry
0.5 Oz Simple Syrup(Rich Turbinado)
2 Orange Weges
2 ds Bitters (To match garnish or sherry, I went with one of Angostura, one of Mole)
Shake with ice and stran over crushed ice(Iw as lazy an pored out of the strained)
Much nicer. The shaken orange wedges impart an orange oil that I find works very nicely with sherry. Not complex, bot a lovely sipper. I would try this again, maybe with 0.25 Oz of syrup and a new bitters combination.
Finally, I thought I would try a sour cocktail, and found the recipe for the Spanish Union in my to try file. Also from C
VS, it looked very interesting.
0.75 Oz Tequila
0.75 Oz East India Solera Sherry(Sandeman Armada)
0.75 Oz Lime Juice
0.75 Oz Cinnamon Syrup
1 ds Bittermans Xocoatl Mole Bitters
Wow, this was fantastic, and a fantastic use of Cinnamon syrup, and just a lovely cocktail in general. The spice is the dominant flavor, but never overpowering. The sherry and tequila harmonize excellently(a combo I need to explore) and the lim juice balances amazingly. A perfectly constructed cocktail.
I do love experimenting with sherry, and since a bottle only keep so long, there will be more to come!