The Sherry Cobbler is an American-born cocktail by most accounts. Simply sherry, sugar, and citrus shaken, poured over crushed ice, and slurped through a straw, the cobbler is thought to have originated sometime in the 1820s or early 1830s. And, like most nineteenth-century drinks, its exact origins have been endlessly debated. One thing is for sure: the Sherry Cobbler was the first drink to introduce the drinking straw to popular consciousness.
Some 150 years after the Sherry Cobbler’s decades-long heyday, it’s being rediscovered, both as a classic cocktail and as a drink prime for riffing. Get weird with your garnishes or omit them altogether, but whatever you do, just don’t forget the straw.
Makes 1 cocktail
In a mixing glass or cocktail shaker, add the lemon, orange, and simple syrup, and muddle. Add the sherry, fill with ice, and shake. Finely strain into a Collins glass over crushed ice. Top up with additional crushed ice and garnish like there’s no tomorrow.