Pair gin with vermouth and you get botanicals on top of botanicals. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but bring sherry into the mix and you'll find something both more smooth and electrifying, with hints of marcona almonds and a wonderful savory bite.
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Cranberry juice gets a sophisticated touch with the help of sherry in this aperitif cocktail.
Pairing smoky mezcal with briny sherry and vegetal Cynar makes for one tasty drink with a great tobacco-laced scent. A pinch of salt and a grapefruit twist help bring out the flavors.
Chantal Tseng of Mockingbird Hill in Washington, D.C. created this coffee-sherry marriage when playing around with the salty-sweet profile of Amoroso or cream sherry.
Like Manhattans, Grand Marnier, and sherry? Better give this classic cocktail a shot.
This pungent twist on the classic Old Hickory Cocktail substitutes uses bittersweet, vegetal Cynar instead of sweet vermouth and dry Manzanilla sherry instead of dry vermouth
The A-go Flip, conceived by Matt Poli of The Publican in Chicago, is a deep and complex riff on classic eggnog. With rum and rich PX sherry as a base, it has the creamy feel we all know and love, with flavors that will make even non-noggers take notice.
With alternating smoky, nutty, and jammy notes, this cocktail plays up the complexity of Concord grapes.
The definition of refreshing, this sangria works well for party since it's ready and prepped in the fridge.
This drink from Jim Romdall at Seattle's Vessel shows what a few more refined spirits will do to a punch. VSOP Cognac and aged sherry are lightened by the apricot and lemon.
Get your holiday spirits on ice with this tart and festive gin-forward take on the sherry cobbler from Michael Madrusan and Jim Meehan of PDT in New York.
This recipe from Adam Bernbach of Estadio in Washington, D.C. offers flavors not often enjoyed in frozen drinks. Chamomile may be calming in cups of tea, but with bourbon and grapefruit it offers nuanced flavor to a drink that packs a tart punch.
When it comes to satisfying soups made with a bunch of pantry staples, we all have a lot to learn from the Spanish. Whereas I see stale bread and too much garlic, they see gazpacho. And where I see a mishmash of potatoes, almonds, and a little bit of ham, Anya von Bremzen in The New Spanish Table sees a remarkably filling potato soup with fried almonds.
This variation on The Old Pal from The Woodsman Tavern in Portland, Oregon, is a rye-and-Campari cocktail somehow dominated by neither rye nor Campari.
Bourbon and sherry make for a savory, spicy fall cocktail from Jessica Gonzalez of Death & Co. in New York.
Instead of using sweet vermouth in this variation of the Martinez, a combination of Manzanilla and Pedro Ximenez sherry maintains a comparable level of sweetness when mixed with maraschino liqueur. A subtle orange flavor brightens this savory fall cocktail from Aldea in NYC.
An effervescent cocktail made with fortified wine from Bryn Lumsden of the Rob Roy in Seattle.
To make this cobbler extra cobbler-y, I add a muddled vanilla bean a bit of cinnamon to my sugar. Other soft berries like blackberries, sylvanberries, loganberries or marionberries may also be used if you have them on hand.