Forget apple pie and baseball, the Sherry Cobbler is the true distillation of American patriotism. Made with sherry, crushed ice, sugar and orange slices, it was one of the first official cocktails to be created in the U.S. and proved to be wildly popular during the 1800s—not only in the States but around the world, from Australia to Panama to Europe. According to the book Imbibe, by cocktail historian David Wondrich, it was such a hit at one bar in France that they were going through “500 bottles of sherry a day.” While we don’t recommend drinking that much sherry, we do recommend drinking at least one of these delightfully simple cocktails. We guarantee that you’ll already be making your second before you’re even finished with your first.
- Add the simple syrup and two orange slices to a Collins glass.
- Muddle the orange into the syrup and add the sherry to the glass.
- Fill the glass halfway with crushed ice and swizzle to incorporate the ingredients.
- Top the glass with more crushed ice and swizzle again. Garnish with another orange slice.
Mix it Up
Feel free to add any ripe, in-season fruits to the cocktail in addition to the orange. We particularly like blackberries, raspberries or stone fruits like apricots, peaches or plums. You can also experiment with swapping the orange out for lemon, which works especially well with raspberries, blackberries or strawberries. To make a warming, wintery version of the drink, swap out the Amontillado sherry for Oloroso or Lustau East India sherry and add fresh cranberries.
We know, it’s not a great name for a cocktail. But the brightly hued, sweet, creamy gin drink serves its purpose. It’s the kind of drink Don Johnson would blend up for guests at his weekend pool parties. Don’t underestimate this innocent looking boozecicle—it packs more of a punch than you might expect. Our recipe serves six.