Sparkling Apple Sherry Cocktail Recipe

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This sherry cocktail is autumn in a glass. Elana Lepkowski

Why It Works

  • Juicy apples add a mild, fresh sweetness to sherry and prosecco.
  • Dry, nutty oloroso sherry offsets the sweetness of the apples and Mandarine Napoléon liqueur.

Juicy apples meet bubbly prosecco, rich sherry, and sweet orange liqueur in this cocktail.

Recipe Facts

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Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 apple, cored and diced
  • 1 1/2 ounces apple brandy, such as Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy
  • 3/4 ounce Mandarine Napoléon liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce oloroso sherry, such as Williams & Humbert
  • 4 ounces prosecco sparkling wine
  • Orange twist, for garnish
  • Thinly sliced apple, for garnish

Directions

  1. Add diced apple to the bottom of a mixing glass and muddle until apples are broken down and have released their juice. Fill the mixing glass 2/3 full with ice and then pour in apple brandy, Mandarine Napoléon liqueur, and oloroso sherry. Stir to chill until mixing glass is very cold, about 20 seconds, then strain into a highball glass filled with ice and top with prosecco.

  2. Twist orange peel over top of drink to release oils, then discard peels. Garnish with a thinly cut round of apple.

Special equipment

Muddler, mixing glass

Notes

Super-thin apple slices make gorgeous garnishes. However, to keep the slices looking crisp and white, remember to soak them in a bowl of water with a small spritz of lemon juice after slicing. Use your favorite kind of apple here; both sweeter, softer varieties and more tart, firm types work well. If you can't find Mandarine Napoléon liqueur, you can substitute with Grand Marnier or a good dry orange curacao, such as Pierre Ferrand.

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