kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Scary Sherry Cocktails

Awhile back, I blogged about the Secret Sherry Society, a free organization dedicated to promoting the fortified Spanish wines. Recently I received some great cocktail ideas for Halloween and beyond...

Marshall Altier of Terroir and Insieme in New York City shared two of his favorite Sherry inspired cocktails that embolden the Halloween spirit...

Ichabod Flip
2 ozs Oloroso Sherry
1 oz Pumpkin Pureé
1/2 oz Cinnamon syrup*
1/4 oz St Elizabeth All Spice Dram
1 whole egg

Shake dry without ice. Shake with ice. Strain into a cordial glassgrate 1 pinch nutmeg.

*Cinnamon syrup is made exactly like basic simple syrup (1 part sugar to 1 part hot water mixed) with the addition of 1/2 cup cinnamon sticks per quart steeped into the mix and strained out after 24 hours. Demerara sugar is preferable for this recipe.

Bobbing for Palomino Apples
2 ozs Palo Cortado Sherry
1/2 oz Cointreau
2 barspoons maraschino liqueur
2 barspoons Absinthe
3 dashes baked apple bitters*

Stir. Strain into a chilled Old Fashioned glass. Squeeze a small swatch of lemon peel over the glass and rub the oil of the peel around the rim of the glass and discard

* The baked apple bitters are my Marshall’s own creation and will be available through Modern Organic Spirits sometime this autumn.

Jim Meehan, from New York's PDT, also shared his bitey Rye Witch:

Rye Witch
1 sugar cube
2 dashes of orange bitters (their house orange bitters is equal parts Fee's Orange Bitters and Regan's Orange Bitters)
2 parts Rittenhouse Rye
1/4 part Strega
1/4 part Apostles Palo Cortado Sherry

Fill a rocks glass with ice to chill and set aside. Add 1 sugar cube to a mixing glass then 2 dashes of orange bitters. Muddle the sugar cube to a paste in the mixing glass. Add 3 oz of a bottled cocktail mixture made with Rittenhouse Rye, Strega and Apostles Palo Cortado Sherry. Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir for 20 or 30 seconds to chill and dissolve as much of the sugar as possible. There will be some left over which is good. Dump the ice out of the glass that you've been chilling and strain the drink into the chilled rocks glass. Twist an orange peel over the surface drink, rub it around the rim and then discard the peel. Smile, serve.