Tuesday, December 28, 2021

sherry cask cobbler

1 1/2 oz Patrón Sherry Cask Añejo Tequila (*)
1 1/2 oz Orange Juice
2 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Ginger Syrup

Briefly shake with ice, strain into a wine glass, and fill with crushed ice. Garnish with berries and mint (included a Tiki-style ice shell), dust with powdered sugar, and add a straw.
(*) An añejo tequila aged in Oloroso sherry casks. Perhaps an aged tequila and a 1/4 oz Oloroso or Amontillado sherry would work in a pinch.
The welcome cocktail at the Patrón event two Tuesdays ago at Faces Brewing Co. was this elegant Sherry Cask Cobbler. It featured their añejo tequila which is aged over 2 years in Oloroso sherry butts. Patrón's East coast ambassador Steph Teslar described how she fell in love with this expression when she first visited the Hacienda years ago, but alas, it was a limited offering. Years later, Patrón just relaunched this tequila on a larger scale, so it ought to be available in many markets. The nose of the spirit shared caramel, molasses, nut, apricot, and fig notes, and the flavor came through with dried pineapple, walnut, and baked pear. Sherry has been a cocktail ingredient dating back to the first cocktail book in 1862 by Jerry Thomas and even before that in Charles Dickens' 1844 novel Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit and Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1852 novel The Blithedale Romance. That early and popular drink was the Sherry Cobbler which is sherry, sugar, citrus (frequently orange), and crushed ice served in a tall glass, garnished with fresh berries, and a straw. Indeed, they followed suit by making a Cobbler from their sherry-aged tequila as their welcome drink at the event.

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