Friday, 15 November 2013

Friday Cocktail: The Adonis

Remember last week I told you about Rev JW Simpson's Spirited Sermons cocktail masterclasses? Well, the next one is just around the corner, and it's on sherry and spiced wine!

This double-Christmas-whammy of a tasting is on Wednesday 11th December (tickets are £26.25 and can be purchased on edible experiences) and is a breath of fresh air for me: as I may have hinted in my Sherry for Beginners guide earlier this year, I'm rather passionate about the fortified stuff and relieved to see it making a well-deserved comeback.

Sherry is so much more than trifle-fodder - the range of styles and flavours available make it perfect for so many foods and occasions - so obviously, it's great in a cocktail too.

There have been many a tipsy sherry cocktail made chez Vickers, but The Adonis (recipe kindly provided by Rev JW Simpson) is just the perfect place to start: you don't have to buy any of the more expensive sherries (good fino is available for as little as £5.95 - such as The Society's Fino from The Wine Society) and everyone has a bottle of vermouth in the cupboard, right?!

The Adonis sherry cocktail recipe (serves one)

  • 35ml Sweet Vermouth 
  • 35ml Fino Sherry
  • 2 dashes orange bitters 
  • The oils from some lemon (or orange) peel
Shake it!

1. Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake.
2. Strain into a sherry or brandy glass.

N.B. This is a classic cocktail that dates back to 1884 and was named after the most popular play of its time. The simplicity of the ingredients means that the quality of the Sherry and the Vermouth are crucial to the result. Each choice can have dramatic effects on the final outcome and balance, which also allows for finding one's own personal favourite.

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