Shagbark's Sangaree (Madeira and Lemon Cocktail) Recipe

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This drink, created by Derek Salerno of Shagbark in Richmond, Virginia, is packed with flavor, but not too much alcohol. In other words, it's ideal for pre-dinner sipping when you expect many glasses of wine to follow. The cocktail's deep, sweet, and nutty flavor comes from Madeira—look for a bottle labeled "Malmsey" to get the proper level of sweetness. The fortified wine tastes a bit like salted caramel and walnuts; the drink is brightened by shaking the Madeira with ice, simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice. If you're scaling up the recipe, shake no more than two cocktails at a time.

Recipe Facts

Active: 2 mins
Total: 2 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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Ingredients

  • 2 ounces (60ml) Malmsey Madeira (such as H. M. Borges Old Reserve Malmsey 10 Year or Blandy's 10 Year Malmsey)

  • 1/2 ounce (15ml) simple syrup (see note)

  • 1/2 ounce (15ml) fresh juice from 1 lemon

  • Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish

Directions

  1. Add Madeira, simple syrup, and lemon to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 12 seconds. Double-strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and serve.

Special equipment

Cocktail shaker and strainer, fine strainer, chilled coupe glass

Notes

To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
71 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 71
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 370mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 6mg 30%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 69mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)