Serious Eats: Recipes
Time for a Drink: Sherry Cobbler
Things usually slow down during late summer. It seems like everyone's on vacation--at least mentally, if not physically. At this point in the season, the powerful, refreshing mojitos and juleps may be growing old, but it's too soon to start breaking out autumn's comforting brown-spirit drinks. Right now, go for something gentle and quiet, a sort of liquid hammock that's comfortable in the glass and not caught up on priming you for a party. This time of year is made for the Sherry Cobbler.
This gentle cooler is as old as the transcontinental railroad (if not older) and quite easy to make. A simple combination of good dry sherry--think of the rich nuttiness of amontillado or oloroso--touched with a little sugar and citrus, then stretched out with ice and adorned with late summer fruits. Lower in alcohol than the average cocktail, the sherry cobbler is something you can enjoy at your leisure without it taking over the evening.
About the author: Paul Clarke blogs about cocktails at The Cocktail Chronicles and writes regularly on spirits and cocktails for Imbibe magazine. He lives in Seattle, where he works as a writer and magazine editor.