Sherry Cobbler Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

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Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Sherry Cobbler is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 19th century. It is said to have originated in the United States and quickly gained popularity in England as well. The Sherry Cobbler was often enjoyed by the upper class and was a favorite of Charles Dickens. This refreshing cocktail is perfect for warm weather and outdoor gatherings.

  • Origin: United States
  • Popular in the 19th century
  • Charles Dickens' favorite cocktail

How Sherry Cobbler Tastes?

The Sherry Cobbler has a refreshing, fruity, and slightly sweet taste with a hint of nuttiness from the sherry. The citrus notes from the orange and lemon add a pleasant tartness, while the sugar and crushed ice create a smooth and well-balanced flavor.

Interesting facts about Sherry Cobbler

  • The Sherry Cobbler is considered one of the first cocktails to use a straw, as the crushed ice made it difficult to drink without one.
  • The Cobbler name comes from the way the crushed ice resembles cobblestones.
  • Sherry Cobbler was a popular drink during the Victorian era, often served at garden parties and picnics.



The star of the show, Sherry (2 oz), provides a robust and often nutty base that's essential to the Cobbler's character. Too little and you'll miss the depth, too much and you may overshadow the bright citrus notes. Without it, well, it's not a Sherry Cobbler anymore!

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Half an orange muddled in the mix imparts a sweet citrusy burst, complementing the Sherry's complexity. Without the orange, you lose a layer of refreshing zestiness which balances the sweetness of the sugar and the tartness of the Sherry.

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Similarly, half a lemon muddled along with the orange provides a sharp tangy edge, which cuts through the sweetness and adds brightness to the cocktail. Want to dull the sparkle in your Cobbler? Skip the lemon. But seriously, don't.

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Without the half ounce of sugar to sweeten the deal, you'd have a rather tart and possibly flat-tasting concoction. The sugar is the peacekeeper here, harmonizing the citrus's tartness with the Sherry's depth.

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Crushed Ice

A cup of crushed ice chills the drink and dilutes it gently as it melts, ensuring the cocktail is refreshing but not watered down all at once. Imagine a summer day without a cool breeze—that's your Cobbler without crushed ice.

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Fresh Mint

The sprig of fresh mint is the crown jewel of garnishes here. It's not just a pretty face; its aroma elevates every sip. Mintless? The drink is still good, but it's like enjoying a beautiful view without the sweet scents of nature.

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Seasonal Berries

Three to four seasonal berries add a touch of elegance and a hint of fruity sweetness with each sip. They also provide a beautiful color contrast. Without them, your Cobbler still stands tall, but why miss out on the berry on top?

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Recipe. How to make Sherry Cobbler Drink

  1. In a shaker, muddle the orange and lemon slices with the sugar.
  2. Add the sherry and fill the shaker with crushed ice.
  3. Shake well until well-chilled and combined.
  4. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with crushed ice.
  5. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and seasonal berries.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh citrus fruits for a more vibrant flavor.
  • Chill the glass before serving to keep the cocktail cold for longer.
  • Muddle the fruits gently to extract the juices without making it bitter.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Cheese Boards: A good Sherry Cobbler goes hand-in-hand with a variety of cheeses. Its citrus notes can cut through the richness of creamy cheeses like Brie, while it can also complement the nuttiness of aged Manchego.

  • Seafood Dishes: The acidity and brightness of the cocktail pairs well with lighter seafood meals, such as grilled shrimp or a fresh oyster platter.

  • Fruit-Based Desserts: The Sherry and fruit in the cocktail can be a delightful accompaniment to fruit-based desserts like berry tarts or citrus sorbets.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips of the cocktail, a side of sparkling water does the job without competing with the Sherry Cobbler's flavors.

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What you could change in Sherry Cobbler

  • Sherry: Can be replaced with any other fortified wine like Port or Madeira.
  • Orange and Lemon: Can be substituted with other citrus fruits like grapefruit or lime.
  • Sugar: Honey or agave syrup can be used as a natural sweetener.

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Sparkling Sherry Cobbler

Give your classic Cobbler a little fizzy lift! Not quite a mimosa, but it might just give your brunch a bubbly twist!

Ingredients: Along with the basic recipe, add 1 oz of club soda or sparkling wine.

Recipe: Follow the standard Sherry Cobbler recipe, but top the drink with club soda or a splash of sparkling wine after pouring it into the glass.

Taste: The added sparkle will lighten the drink, making it even more refreshing and suited for a hot day or a bubbly brunch.

Rosé Sherry Cobbler

Make it pink! A bit like your Sherry Cobbler decided to get dressed up for a summer garden party.

Ingredients: Replace the standard Sherry with 2 oz of dry Rosé wine and 1 oz of Sherry.

Recipe: Muddle, shake, and strain as usual, but with your Rosé and Sherry blend.

Taste: This mix brings a floral note to the cocktail, lighter and fruitier, making it a delightful afternoon treat.

Spiced Sherry Cobbler

For those who like a bit of heat in their sweet, a Cobbler with a kick!

Ingredients: Add a small slice of jalapeño or a dash of cayenne pepper to the mix.

Recipe: Muddle the jalapeño slice with the orange and lemon before following the rest of the recipe.

Taste: The subtle heat from the spices contrasts with the sweetness and fruitiness, creating a layered and exciting flavor experience.

In case you forgot basics how to make Sherry Cobbler

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Sherry Cobbler

What is the best type of sherry to use in a Sherry Cobbler?

A medium-dry Amontillado would be a great choice for the Sherry Cobbler. It has a good balance of sweetness and nuttiness that complements the other ingredients in the cocktail.

Any special glassware recommended for serving a Sherry Cobbler?

Traditionally, the Sherry Cobbler is served in a tall and gently curved highball glass or a pilsner glass to accommodate the large amount of crushed ice.

What seasonal berries could I use in the Sherry Cobbler?

Depending on the time of year, you can use raspberries, blackberries, strawberries or blueberries. As always, fresher the better.

Are there non-alcoholic substitutes for Sherry in this cocktail?

Yes, non-alcoholic substitutes such as grape juice, apple juice or non-alcoholic wines can be used as a substitute for sherry. Remember, these may alter the taste of the cocktail.

What does 'muddling' mean in cocktail preparation?

Muddling is a technique used in cocktails to extract the flavors and oils from herbs and fruits by pressing them with a muddler, a bartending tool similar to a pestle.

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