While it may sound a bit funny that a cocktail from the early 1900s is called the Up to Date, this Manhattan-esque classic, made with rye whiskey, Grand Marnier, and sherry, is no laughing matter.
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The A-go Flip is what would happen if eggnog left the farm for the big city, then came back for a family gathering, bringing a few tricks up its sleeve.
In some circles, Concords are touted as the ultimate grape. These three cocktails showcase Concords with a fresh puree and an easy Concord grape syrup. They're worth whipping up for the color alone, but the flavors would impress even if your guests were blindfolded.
The new DC bar from husband and wife duo Derek Brown and Chantal Tseng has over 50 sherries on hand already.
Duende's head bartender Troy Bayless walked us through each of the cocktails—the list takes advantage of the new Oakland restaurant's extensive sherry selection, though not every drink is a sherry drink. He's eager to feature distinctive spirits and mixers—local Sutton Cellars vermouth and nocino, bacanora and artisanal mezcal from Mexico, as well as a range of sherries.
For most people, a glass of sherry sounds like the kind of tipple that is to be sipped in a Victorian-era British parlor by a bunch of old codgers, but in reality the fortified wine from Spain is on the rise again. A new generation of restaurant sommeliers and shop owners have re- discovered the virtues of sherry for its wide breadth of styles and flavors, and its ability to go with all sorts of crazy dishes from a pungent curry to the stinkiest cheese.
Sherry cobblers have been around since the mid-19th century. Modern recipes for the cocktail tend to stick to dry sherry, simple syrup or bar sugar, and a slice of citrus (usually lemon, sometimes orange), but Victorian manuals on domesticity, pharmaceutical guides, and gentlemen's table guides from the mid-to-late 1800s include muddled berries in their instructions and often use powdered sugar in lieu of syrup. That's all well and good, but the name "cobbler" still always makes me think of a summery, baked fruit dessert that makes a perfectly acceptable breakfast on a lazy morning.
My previous experiences with sherry had mainly been with either the super-dry finos or the sweet and rich dessert sherries like the creams and the noteworthy Pedro Ximenez; exploring the classes of dry yet robust wines really gave my palate something to get excited about.