My Sherry adventure continued!
On of the sherry cocktails I had really been looking forward to did not call for Oloroso specifically, but simply dry sherry. It was the
0.75 Oz Bourbon (WT 101)
0.75 Oz Sherry (Oloroso)
0.75 Oz Ramazzotti
0.125 Oz Cointreau
2 ds Orange Bitters (Reagan's)
Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist..
I really liked it, but not as much as I thought I would. I have always found mixing with dark Amari a bit hit and miss, and for me this misses excellence by just a touch. I love the flavor combinations, but next time I make this I may play around with the bitters.
The next drink I made came from the very enjoyable Concoctails blog.
Blind Hermit (Link)
2 Oz Old Monk Rum (1 Oz Appleton V/X, 1 Oz Goslings)
1 Oz Frangelico (Cut to 0.5 Oz. I am not that brave)
0.5 Oz Dry Oloroso Sherry
1 tsp Green Chartreuse
1 tsp Cinnamon Syrup
2 ds Coffee Bitters (Xocatl Mole)
This worked out really well. A nut liqueur with sherry is an obvious pairing, but a great one. Everything really came together here, and the choice to sub chocolate bitters for coffeee worked very well. Rich, nutty, almost dried fruity. A but like drinking a proper Christmas pudding.
As I was drinking this I had the inspiration to make a cocktail with similar ingredients, but very different proportions. I wanted to do something with sherry as the base. Here is what I have came up with. I have dubbed it the Spanish Grand Prix, in honor of the upcoming start of the motorcycle racing season (The Spanish Grand Prix is the motorcyle racings takes place at a circuit locate din Jerez)
The Spanish Grand Prix
1.5 Oz Dry Oloroso Sherry
0.5 Oz Dark Rum (Goslings)
0.5 Oz Frangelico
0.5 Oz Cynar
1 ds Xocoatl Mole Bitters
Stir with ice, strain in to a cocktail glass.
It worked! It may need some tweeking, but I really like the based. I added the Cynar because I wanted some bitter flavors to add depth, and I loved the way my sherry played with it in the Sherry Duval. And the dark rum has the perfect flavors for balance here. To my mind one of my more successful creations.
Still a bit more to come...
Edited by Czequershuus, 21 March 2014 - 04:21 AM.