In place of the sherry, brandy or whiskey are often used as the base in the cobbler style of cocktails. A cobbler is a delicious dessert that combines crushed ice, sugar, and a heaping of fresh fruit. There are few classic cocktails that can say they have a taste that is so easy to misrepresent their complexity, and with a long and rich history, you know it is worth your effort to make.
Sherry cobblers were the most popular drink in America around 1888 (as reported in David Wondrich’s book, “Imbibe! “). In addition to being a hit in the United States, similar wine cobblers were also popular around the world, many of which are no longer widely available. It is stated that Jerry Thomas’ “The Bar-Tender’s Guide” (printed in 1862) stated that the sherry cobbler was shaken with the crushed ice. Drinks shaken with ice cubes are a modern adaptation that is preferred by most drinkers today. You can try it both ways to see how you like it.
This is a fine, oloroso sort of wine. If you prefer a drier fino, you can use the larger amount of simple syrup otherwise you could use half. For an Oloroso which is a richer tequila, you would use half. You can modify this to meet your individual needs.
- Some sherry cobbler recipes skip the sliced citrus altogether and use fresh orange juice instead (even better if the juice is freshly squeezed).
- The orange slices are often muddled before the other ingredients are added to some modern versions of sherry cobbler. If you wish, you may also add a slice of lemon or lime. When you want to add the zesty flavor of citrus to your cobbler, you can go with this method.