Cocktail, MixMarch

MixMarch #13: The Sherry Cobbler

A Cobbler is basically any drink ‘cobbled’ together from spirit, fresh fruit and sugar. Some of the earliest recipes are from Jerry Thomas’s “How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon-Vivant’s Companion”

First published in 1862, when Thomas would have been only 22, it remains one of the true tomes of classical bartending, from a time when the world of straight spirits, beers and wines were facing a real attack from the forces cocktail.

The cobbler rose on the back of one of the most significant inventions in an age of significant inventions, the commercial manufacture of frozen water, or ice. Perfected in 1854 and widespread by the time Thomas wrote his book, Ice would become the backbone of cocktails everywhere, and the Cobbler would receive another fine piece of scientific enablement before the turn of the century with the invention of the paper drinking straw.

The drink itself is delightfully refreshing, and thanks to the addition of a summer’s bounty of forest berries, looks the part too.

Sherry Cobbler

  • 120 ml dry Sherry
  • 3 slices orange
  • 2 bar-spoons sugar
  • Shake all ingredients hard with ice and pour, unstrained, in to a tall glass. Garnish with fresh berries then add a straw.

While this recipe belongs Jerry Thomas, the photo and my attention owes a deep debt to Oh Gosh!

At home, Cocktail

Fog Cutter Friday Fix

a_SmallerGirl-3228It’s a rainy crappy old day here in Sydney, so I’m going home to make a drink that will improve my sodden spirits and to cut through the length and breadth of another week in advertising.

The Fog Cutter is a tiki drink that’s not as sugary sweet as many in the class, but packs the punch of a zombie.

Start with a well iced shaker, add to it 45mls of Havana Club light rum, 15mls brandy, 15mls gin, 45mls orange juice, 15mls lemon juice and 15mls of orgeat. Shake the living fuck out of it.

Strain it into a tall iced glass, or better yet, a Tiki mug, float between 10 and 20 mls of Sherry on the top of the drink, garnish it with a South Seas maiden.

A couple of these and you won’t even notice the cold.

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