RECIPE: 7 X Sherry Week

This week’s series of drinks was all about Sherry, as October 8-14 is known as International Sherry Week. In collaboration with Cinoco and Gonzalez Byass, I created seven different cocktails, each time with a specific style of Sherry. The drinks I made ranged from straight up and boozy to lower ABV highball style drinks, with a plethora of Base Spirits used. All posts were accompanied by a detailed description of each Sherry Style.

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From L to R: Fino to Pedro Ximenez

Before we kick off, I want to thank Andy B. from Cinoco for taking his time to guide me through all the different styles of Sherry this Summer and sparking an interest that has turned into quite a passionate fire. Sherry (in whatever shape, size and expression it comes) is a beautiful product that deserves nothing but the utmost respect and love.

Cheers,
Matthias!

Monday: FINO
We kicked off Sherry Week with ‘Tio Pepe’, Gonzalez Byass’ legendary Fino. Dry, Savoury, with chalky undertones. Earthy, Yeasty, yet still with a delightful fruitiness. Fino Sherry ages under a ‘flor’, a layer of yeast that prevents oxidation. Combined with Gin and Amaro Montenegro. (Discover more facts by clicking on the picture!)

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SHERRY WEEK 1๏ธโƒฃ FINO - 60ml @brokersgin (47) London Dry Gin - 25ml @tiopepewine Fino - 15ml Amaro Montenegro - 2 dashes Grapefruit Bitters Stir properly, strain in Nick & Nora and garnish accordingly. A @servedbysoberon original. ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ Welcome to #SherryWeek! An internationally organised event which celebrates the world-renowned style of fortified wines.๐Ÿท Every day of this week I'll be sharing several facts on Sherry in general and present one specific style, from Fino to PX, all in collaboration with Cinoco Spirits ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช and Gonzalez Byass.๐Ÿ‡ Let's start with the beginning: Sherry is produced in a triangle between the cities Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlรบcar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa Marรญa in Andalusia, Spain.๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ And while some sherries may be very light and others very dark in color, can only be produced from white grapes; more specifically the Palomino Fino, Pedro Ximenez and sometimes Moscatel varieties. . Today I'm presenting you a cocktail made with 'Tio Pepe', a prime example of a Palomino Fino.๐Ÿฅƒ Fino Sherry is considered 'the driest of all' and is pretty pale in color. After the fermented wine is fortified, Fino ages in barrels under a 'flor' ๐Ÿธ a layer of natural yeast that's spontaneously-produced inside the barrel and prevents oxidation, 'eating' the sugar in the liquid.๐Ÿ˜Š Due to this unique aging process, this type of Sherry holds a beautiful amount of extremely dry flavor tones.๐Ÿ’š It's earthy, yeasty and savoury with subtle hints of fresh fruit and with an almost clay-like finish.๐Ÿ˜ From what I've been trying, in cocktails it pairs beautifully with unaged spirits like Tequila or (in this case) Gin and Amaros! โค๏ธ Drinkstagram, have a great week, rock this Monday! ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ #cocktail #cocktails๐Ÿน #gin #ginstagram #drinkstagram #cocktailbar #mixology #imbibe #imbibegram #ginoclock #ginlover #homebar #cocktaillover #bartender #craftcocktail #cocktailgram #cocktailoftheday #gintonic #cocktails

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Tuesday: AMONTILLADO
Amontillado ages both under the layer of yeast and without it (oxidative), it’s still dry, but has bigger influences of the wood and a certain amount of nuttiness. It has a versatile flavor profile, to be combined with a broader range of spirits. (Discover more facts by clicking on the picture!)

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SHERRY WEEK 2๏ธโƒฃ AMONTILLADO - 60ml Hardy Legend 1863 Cognac - 30ml Gonzalez Byass Sherry Amontillado - 10ml @figarofigliqueur Fig Liqueur - 1 barspoon Fernet Branca - 1 barspoon Amaretto Stir, strain in a prechilled coupe and garnish with a fig leaf (this one comes from my birth tree). A @servedbysoberon original. ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ We took off #sherryweek with a bang! I'm glad to hear there's so much love for and interest in the Spanish Fortified Wines. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ 'Solera aging', an important term used for the blending of younger and older liquids to create a consistent product also knows its origin in Spain, (Solera literally means 'on the ground) and is typically how Sherry is aged.๐Ÿ‡ The process itself is quite complicated, but it comes down to the fact that (in a pyramid-like structure), one only bottles from the Solera (the bottom tier), until a certain amount is left ๐Ÿท then, a younger-aged product from the next tier is added to that cask, and so on ๐Ÿ”„ until the top tier is filled with 'new fortified wine'. . The second type of Sherry I want to share with you is Amontillado: a style of Sherry that starts its aging just like a Fino, for about 4 years under the yeast layer named 'flor'.โค๏ธ Yet afterwards, it continues to age for a longer time without it as well, this time exposed to oxygen.๐Ÿฅƒ It's of a slightly higher ABV and more amber color, knowing its origins in the 1700's. ๐Ÿธ It has a lot more influence of wood and nuts in its flavor profile, yet still has that lovely dry and bit savoury backbone found in the Fino as well.๐Ÿ˜ I personally found it worked extremely well in combination with Old Jenever and Cognac: highly complex spirits that have a slight influence of wood. In today's cocktail I combined it with some fig liqueur and just a tiny addition of Fernet and Amaretto respectively for bringing Bitterness and Nutty Sweetness to the palate. ๐Ÿ‡ Drinkstagram, do you own any Sherry? Rock this Tuesday! ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ #cocktail #cocktails๐Ÿน #drinkstagram #cognac #homebar #mixologist #coctel #imbibe #imbibegram #craftcocktails #cocktaillover #cocktailbar #craftcocktail #cocktailgram #gin #itsfiveoclocksomewhere #cocktailoftheday #cocktailrecipe #cocktails

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Wednesday: PALO CORTADO
Palo Cortado was discovered by accident, when they tried to create a Fino, but for some reason, the flor never developed. If this happens, they will up the alcohol and let it age oxidatively. A Rare style of Sherry, named after the barrel-mark (a cut stick). Even woodier than an Amontillado on the nose and nuttier on the palate. A love it or hate it style which combines amazingly well with bolder flavors. (Discover more facts by clicking on the picture!)

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SHERRY WEEK 3๏ธโƒฃ PALO CORTADO - 50ml @tikiloversrum White - 30ml Gonzalez Byass Palo Cortado Sherry - 20ml Lemon Juice - 25ml Grapefruit Juice - 20ml Demerara Syrup - 5ml Maraschino Liqueur Shake all with crushed ice and open pour in glass. Garnish with mint and berries. A 'Served By Soberon' original. ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ Sherry Week continues! And until now, (even with the inclusion of tomorrow's post), all Sherries have been made with just a single grape variety: the white Palomino Fino.๐Ÿ’œ The grapes are all handpicked and pressed as soon as they arrive at the winery. ๐Ÿท It's done very gently with a pneumatic press, to keep the stems, skins and seeds from being bruised. ๐Ÿ‡ The result is a must they call 'yema'. Most often, a second pressing is what's used for brandy. . Palo Cortado is a pretty 'rare' style of Sherry.๐Ÿ’• It initially starts as a Fino, yet for some reasons doesn't start creating its important layer of yeast, so the grapes never undergo the signature biological aging.๐Ÿคท While this used to be accidental, nowadays the cellar masters know pretty well which conditions will keep the flor from developing.๐Ÿ’ Palo Cortado (which means 'cut stick', a barrelmarking made when discovered the flor doesn't develop) is then fortified to 18% to make sure it doesn't go bad during its oxidative aging period.๐Ÿ™… Palo Cortado has the strongest tones of wood until now, but also builds up a delightful selection of nuttiness on the palate.๐Ÿ˜ I felt it paired well with some stronger Gins and funkier Rums (Agricole and Jamaican style).๐Ÿน Hence this 'It's almost Halloween' Tiki Style Sherry cocktail! โค๏ธ Drinkstagram, are you getting ready for creepy cocktails? Have a beautiful day! ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ #cocktail #cocktails๐Ÿน #drinkstagram #cocktailrecipe #mixology #mixologist #imbibe #imbibegram #sherryweek #rum #gin #tikitiki #cocktailbar #homebar #tikibar #craftcocktail #craftcocktails #cocktailoclock #itsfiveoclocksomewhere #cocktails

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Thursday: OLOROSO
Next to Fino the most famous style. Never ages under a flor, so always in contact with air (oxidative aging). Very nutty, and with lovely tones of warm fruit, wood and a touch of leather, downright beautiful in combination with Cognac and Brandy. Oloroso Casks are highly sought after for finishing Whiskies and Rums. (Discover more facts by clicking on the picture!)

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SHERRY WEEK 4๏ธโƒฃ OLOROSO - 50ml Prince De Polignac VSOP Cognac - 25ml Gonzalez Byass Oloroso Sherry - 25ml Lemon Juice - 15ml Orgeat Syrup Shake all with crushed ice and open pour in glass. Garnish with mint, lemon twist and caramelized nuts. A 'Served By Soberon' original. ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ Sherry Week day 4 already! And I hope, that by now, you're getting as excited as I am about these Spanish Fortified Wines!๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ I know I got weak in the knees from happiness learning more about it all. โค๏ธ In the Sherry Triangle, there's a very specific climate โ˜€๏ธ with about 300 days of sun annually it has very dry and hot summers, yet due to Maritime winds bringing enough humidity ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ and the claygrounds protecting the water in the soil ๐Ÿท you get the ideal circumstances for the vines to grow and thrive. . Oloroso, today's style of Sherry, is also made from the white Palomino Fino grape ๐Ÿ‡ yet after fermentation, is fortified immediately to 17% ABV keeping the 'flor' (yeast-layer) from developing at all.๐Ÿ™… This causes the Sherry to be exposed to air for the entire aging cycle.๐Ÿคท Oloroso (meaning 'scented'), is a dry style with a predominantly nutty flavor profile ๐Ÿ‚ accompanied by a broad selection of autumnal tones like leather, warm fruit, tobacco and wood.๐Ÿ And because of this, the casks are often used for finishing Whiskies as well.๐Ÿฅƒ Any Oloroso Sherry is perfect in combination with medium to longer aged spirits, like Rums, Whiskies, Brandies,...๐Ÿ˜Š In this case combined with a VSOP Cognac, lemon juice and Orgeat. An easy, yet delicious, treat! (I'm so proud on my garnish game here ๐Ÿ˜) ๐Ÿ’œ Drinkstagram, rock your Thursday! ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ #cocktail #cocktails๐Ÿน #drinkstagram #cocktailrecipe #mixologist #mixology #imbibe #imbibegram #cognac #gin #cocktaillover #cocktailbar #homebar #craftcocktail #craftcocktails #cocktailoclock #itsfiveoclocksomewhere #cocktailhour #sherryweek #cocktails

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Friday: MEDIUM
A blend-style of Sherry. The fortified wines of both Palomino Fino Grapes and Pedro Ximenez grapes are combined to age. In this case, the ‘Cristina’ by Gonzalez Byass combines 87% Palomino Fino with 13% Pedro Ximenez. Mediums are the first of ‘sweeter style’ Sherries. They have a velvet mouthfeel, darker tones of dried fruit and are probably the most versatile to combine, like in this case with Tequila and Mezcal. (Discover more facts by clicking on the picture!)

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SHERRY WEEK 5๏ธโƒฃ MEDIUM - 30ml @delmagueymezcal Vida - 20ml @tequilaocho Blanco - 30ml Gonzalez Byass Cristina Medium Sherry - 30ml Lime Juice - 20ml Ginger Syrup - 1/2 pipet @bittered_sling Lem-Marrekech Bitters Shake all with ice and strain over fresh crushed ice in a glass. Garnish with dehydrated lime. A 'Served By Soberon' original. ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ Sooo, WOW... This morning I woke up to the friggin' mark of 20k followers! ๐Ÿ˜ And it feels SURREAL! ๐Ÿ˜Š Twenty thousand MASSIVE thank you's are definitely in order ๐Ÿ’– because each and every single one of you has helped shape SBS to what it is. I am SO proud and humbled. ๐Ÿ’œ And while I'll be walking around with a blissful smile today, Sherry Week continues! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Did you know that Sherry was the first Spanish Wine to receive a 'denomination', back in 1933? ๐Ÿ‡ In Europe, no other wine can be labeled 'Sherry'. In America it can, but those products can not be exported ๐Ÿ™… In Canada and Australia, the term 'Apera' is used for Sherry-style Wines ๐Ÿท. . Today we're dealing with our first blended style of Sherry! 'Medium' is created by blending a Palomino Fino base (either Fino or Oloroso) with Pedro Ximenez.๐Ÿฅƒ After both aging separately, they age together for a second cycle.๐Ÿ”„ In this case, I'm using 'Cristina' by Gonzalez Byass, a blend of 87% Oloroso and 13% PX. We're now dealing with sweeter styles of Sherries as well ๐Ÿ˜€ while all previous bottlings had a sugar-level of 0-5gr/liter, a medium ranges from 5-115gr. It also has a darker color, a sweeter finish and a more velvet mouthfeel, but is still pretty light on the palate.๐Ÿ‘… This style of Sherry is highly mixable with a plethora of spirits, hence the reason I got a bit funky ๐Ÿ•บ and went for a Mezcal/Tequila split base! โค๏ธ Drinkstagram, happy FRIYAY! ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ #cocktail #cocktails๐Ÿน #instadrinks #tequila #mixologyart #mixology #imbibe #imbibegram #mezcal #gin #cocktailbar #homebar #sherry #craftcocktail #craftcocktails #cocktailoclock #cocktailoftheday #sherryweek #cocktails

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Saturday: CREAM
When you combine 75% Palomino with 25% Pedro Ximenez you get the ‘Solera 1847′, Gonzalez Byass’ Cream Sherry. Sweeter than the Cristina, with more dried fruit in the form of figs and dates starting to rise on the palate, wood and vanilla supporting it all. I gave this Sherry the leading role in a Sherry Buck, consisting of Sherry, Ginger Ale and some funky Jamaican Rum. (Discover more facts by clicking on the picture!)

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SHERRY WEEK 6๏ธโƒฃ CREAM - 60ml Gonzalez Byass 1847 Cream Sherry - 15ml Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum - @swissmountainspring Ginger Ale Fill a glass with ice, add Sherry and Rum, give it a quick swirl, top with ginger ale. ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ Sherry Week ends after this weekend (BOOO ๐Ÿ˜ฉ), but before that I still have two more Sherry styles to share! ๐Ÿ˜ A couple of days ago I gave some insight in the sunny climate conditions in Jerez, but let me add that there's even a set of rules concerning the soil of the vineyards there!โ˜€๏ธ There's three types: Arenas, Barros and Albariza, yet by law, at least 40% of the grapes in Sherry must come from the latter.๐Ÿ‡ Albariza is an almost-white soil consisting of about 40% chalk (next to clay and sand). The 'color' being highly benificial for the vines, with the sunlight being reflected from the white ground back up the vines from the bottom as well โœจ aiding in its photosynthesis. . Cream, today's style of Sherry, is another blend of Palomino Fino and Pedro Ximenez.๐Ÿท It's an older style of Sherry (highly popular in the 2nd half of the 19th C.) Where both grapes are first oxidatively aged on their own, then blended and aged together for a second cycle.๐Ÿบ Until 2012, Creams were often labeled as 'Rich' or 'Sweet' Oloroso, confusing many people into thinking Oloroso Sherry could be both dry AND sweet, yet nowadays, in Europe, this is prohibited.๐Ÿ™… Cream Sherries have a richer flavor profile with woody and vanilla tones surrounding a body of nuts and dried figs.๐Ÿฅƒ Perfect in a low ABV Mule or Buck, with ginger beer or ginger ale.๐Ÿ’– I used Swiss Mountain Spring's because of its slight tones of Caramel and added some Navy Strength Rum ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ to keep it kicking. โค๏ธ Drinkstagram, enjoy your weekend! ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ #cocktail #cocktails๐Ÿน #drinkstagram #rum #mixologist #mixology #imbibe #imbibegram #coctel #gin #cocktailbar #sherry #craftcocktail #cocteles #craftcocktails #cocktailoclock #cocktailoftheday #cocktailporn #cocktails

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Sunday: PEDRO XIMENEZ
With 370gr sugar/liter, the ‘Nectar’ of Gonzalez Byass is a beautiful expression showcasing the strengths of the Pedro Ximenez grape. Dark, deep, slowly running liquid with a broad flavor profile of Raisins, Figs, Nuts, Caramel and a touch of wood. Pair it with strong cheeses, or in Old Fashioned Style drinks, though use sparingly. A little goes a beautifully loooooooong way. (Discover more facts by clicking on the picture!)

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SHERRY WEEK: PEDRO XIMENEZ - 60ml @cardenalmendozabrandy Brandy - 15ml Gonzalez Byass Pedro Ximenez Sherry - 15ml Gonzalez Byass Oloroso Sherry - 1 dash of Angostura Bitters Stir with plenty of ice, strain, express orange peel and drink while it's properly chilled. A 'Served By Soberon' Original. ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ With today's delightful after dinner drink, Sherry Week comes to an end. โ˜น๏ธ BUT(!), not before thanking @ab_spirits_cinoco and Gonzalez Byass for the elaborate private tasting this summer, ๐Ÿ”ฅ fueling my love for the beautiful fortified wines ๐Ÿท The last tipple I'm sharing is a tribute to the beautiful region of Jerez and its heritage ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ combining a Spanish Brandy and two Sherries: Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez. ๐Ÿ‡ Both chosen to compliment the Brandy as it has rested on these two ex-Sherry casks for an average of 15 years. . While Pedro Ximenez Sherry has a dark mahogany color, the PX grape is (surprisingly) also a white grape variety. ๐Ÿคฏ Yet once harvested, they aren't immediately pressed: they are laid out in the vineyard and left to dry, lowering the acidity and concentrating the sugar levels to intense heights.โ˜€๏ธ Every PX Sherry has a sugar level of over 212gr/liter, yet this 'Nectar' by Gonzalez Byass clocks in at a whopping 370gr! ๐Ÿ˜ Making it one of the most luscious and rich Sherries around, with deep aromas and flavors of Raisins, Caramel, Figs, Dates, and a lingering of wood in the back.๐Ÿ‘… Perfectly served as a dessert wine, accompanying a selection of cheese and nuts.๐Ÿง€ When using it in cocktails, combine it with strong, full-bodied, long-aged spirits.๐Ÿฅƒ The depth it adds is uncomparable. (Tip: Always start sparingly and possibly skip other sweeteners.) โค๏ธ Drinkstagram, Thanks for your attention this week, I know it was a lot of information ๐Ÿ˜…! ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ #cocktails #cocktails๐Ÿน #drinkstagram #instadrinks #mixologist #mixology #imbibe #whisky #imbibegram #coctel #cocktailbar #itsfiveoclocksomewhere #sherry #craftcocktail #craftcocktails #cocktailoclock #jerez #cocktailoftheday #cocktail

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