Sherry, often considered a cooking ingredient or a dessert wine fit for grandmas, is making a resurgence as a velvety cocktail ingredient that pairs especially well with fall flavors. A fortified wine made around the area of Jerez de la Frontera in Spain, sherry is made in various styles that range from dry to nutty to creamy. Here are the best NYC bars serving sherry cocktails for you to try this season. By Selena Ricks-Good.
This sexy West Village wine bar specializing in wines from organic, biodynamic and sustainable vineyards also features an impressive cocktail list. Try the Nutty Old Fashioned (Fino Sherry, rye whiskey, muddled fruit, Angostura Bitters and soda) paired with cheeses such as house-made ricotta while you lounge on curved banquettes.
649 E. 9th St.
New York, NY
The massive cocktail menu at this Alphabet City cocktail bar features several drinks starring sherry, such as the Melee Cocktail (London dry gin, Meletti Amaro, Fino Sherry and Cherry Heering with a lemon peel garnish). The dry sherry acts as a substitute for vermouth and dresses up the crisp gin, while the herbaceous amaro and sweet Cherry Heering add aromatic depth. Served on the rocks, this drink works as both an aperitif and an after-dinner sipper.
282 Smith St.
This Carroll Gardens wine and cheese bar offers a Pre-Prohibition-style cocktail menu in a casual, vintage setting. For a taste of fall, try the Rory Sparrow (Dry Oloroso Sherry, navy strength rum, maple syrup, lemon juice and allspice liqueur), a subtly sweet tipple perfect for cooler weather.
304 E. 6th St.
New York, NY
Mezcal and sherry might sound like an odd pairing, but at Mayahuel, Phil Ward’s Smoked Palomino (Amontillado Sherry, Crema Mezcal, grapefruit juice and lime juice with a salted rim) marries the savory qualities of sherry with citrus and the smoke of mezcal. Grab this tall, refreshing drink and head for a cozy nook at this seductive tequila haunt.
60 E. 54th St.
New York, NY
The new fall cocktail menu at Graydon Carter’s Monkey Bar includes Pedro’s Martinez (Brugal 1888 Rum, Carpano Antica Vermouth, Lustau Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Bitterman’s Mole Bitters, Angostura Bitters and a lime twist garnish), a twist on the classic martinez recipe using rum instead of gin. “Brugal 1888 is aged in sherry casks, which compliments the Ximenez Sherry nicely,” says Monkey Bar’s mixologist Bryan Schneider.
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Selena Ricks-Good writes about drinks and produces events as The Dizzy Fizz.