Sherry Cocktails

While in New York City recently I made it a point to try some of the sherry cocktail offerings found on many of the bar and restaurant cocktail lists. My favorite was the Bamboo, which has amontillado sherry, dry vermouth, orange bitters, Angostura bitters and a twist of lemon. A perfect aperitif.

Wine Enthusiast offers a brief description of the different kinds of sherry as well as select sherry cocktail recipes. What I'm trying next: the Adonis which is a riff on the Bamboo, with fino sherry in place of amontillado and sweet instead of dry vermouth.

Recipes

Bamboo (from Saveur)

1½ oz. dry amontillado sherry
1½ oz. Noilly Prat dry vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters
Twist of lemon

In a mixing glass, combine sherry, vermouth, bitters, and cracked ice. Stir ingredients for 20–30 seconds until well chilled and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a twist of lemon to serve.

Adonis (from Wine Enthusiast Magazine)

1½ ounces La Ina Fino Sherry
1½ ounces Perruchi sweet vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters
Lemon twist, for garnish

Stir all ingredients (except garnish) with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.