25 Mar


March 21, 2014 – The Republic Steakhouse

1  oz. dry sherry
1/2 oz. vermouth rosso
1/2 oz. vermouth bianco
Dashes orange bitters

Stir in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Very interesting drink. To the nose, it smelled exactly like ripe bananas. To the tongue it was totally different. Overall, it was fruity, but not sweet. The orange from the bitters really came through, and the sweet vermouths were rounded and a bit subdued, with a faint, pleasant bitterness at the end. I chose a light, dry Fino sherry for this.

This one took awhile to get around to because I needed to bring in my own sherry. In researching what I should pick up, I learned a lot about it. Sherry (anglicization of Xeres or Jerez) is a fortified wine produced in Andalusia, Spain, from white grapes. As with other fortified wines like port, brandy (grape) is added to the fermented wine to produce an alcohol content of 15% to 20%, depending on type . Sherries can range from light and dry (Fino and Manzanilla) to heavier, darker versions oxidized by aging in barrels (Amantillado and Oloroso).

Saúde! (Portuguese)


Posted by on March 25, 2014 in Sherry


3 responses to “Adonis

  1. heather g-m

    April 6, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Love these. Very close to a Bamboo (no sweet vermouth) that I make pretty regularly at home.
    There is so much variation in sherry and vermouth options that I find the drink can taste completely different – from heavenly to undrinkable – depending on brand.

    Barbadillo is my current favorite Sherry brand – both the Fino for this and the Amantillado for the Bamboo. Although the $4 Sherry at Trader Joe’s can make a fine drink too depending on the batch. Vermouth wise I am leaning to Boissiere for both versions lately.

    And finally the brand of bitters – Fee Bro’s Orange beats Reagans hands down in this drink for my money.

    In case you like this type of lower intensity cocktail enough to try it at home and in case your book doesn’t include the Bamboo here is my favorite mix:

    1 oz Barbadillo Amontillado sherry
    3/4 oz Boissiere Dry Vermouth
    A couple good strong dashes of Fee Brother’s Orange Bitters

    let me know if you try it. Enjoying riding along on your cocktail exploration and hope you and Mike are having a lot of fun 🙂

    • shanasomething

      April 6, 2014 at 2:44 am

      Hiyas Heather! Welcome to the ride!
      There is a Bamboo in the book, and I’m looking forward to trying it. The guys at The Republic use Angostura’s orange bitters. I will see if Spec’s has Fee Brothers’. There’s not much to choose from there, sherry-wise, but hey… the interwebs has it all!
      Thanks for following and commenting!


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