Sherry has developed a questionable reputation as cooking wine or the tame tipple for genteel ladies, but it’s recently found a home on the cocktail menu. Sherries range dramatically in color, flavor, and sweetness, making them versatile mixers—they can stand up as a cocktail’s defining flavor or stay in the background to lend depth and shading. There are four classifications of sherry: Pale, delicate fino is the driest. Manzanilla is dry with a hint of saltiness. Medium-dry amontillado has a nutty flavor. And oloroso, also called cream or golden sherry, is dark and sweet. We developed these four sherry cocktails to celebrate the character of each.
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