Sherry Shrub

Starring Manzanilla

Manzanilla highlighted by the best of the season, this cocktail is a stunner.  Don't feel like you need to copy the shrub recipe.  It's best to use whatever fruit is at the peak of the season now, whether that's elderberries, strawberries, peaches, apples,...


3/4 oz. 
House made Shrub (recipe below)
2 oz. 
Lemon Zest


Stir shrub and Sherry gently over ice and strain into a small, tight-lipped, sherry glass.  Garnish with shave of lemon zest.

Shrub base:
1 quart fresh elderberries, trimmed from stems
1 cup fresh huckleberries
5 cups evaporated cane sugar
1 quart cider vinegar
1 oz. kosher salt
5 brown cardamon pods
1 oz. jigger of white pepper corns

In a large bowl, mildly press fruit with bottom of shaker tin till every berry is at least bruised.  Muddle spices in a mixing glass till all the corns are at least cracked.  Add sugar, cover and let sit 5 hours or until a good syrup has formed (this should happen in a cool place, refrigerate if not available.)  Add salt and vinegar and stir till salt has dissolved, cover and return to cool storage and let age for at least a week.  Then filter successively through a china cap then a cheesecloth.  Bottle in clean, sterile bottle leaving a few inches of air under the cap.  It is now ready to use, but another week of aging allows for a deeper, more lingering flavor.

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Pairing Manzanilla with food

Manzanilla combines perfectly with fish and seafood, as well as with salted fish and cured meats.

Thanks to its low acidity, it is, together with Fino, the perfect choice to accompany salads, cold soups and dressings. 

Manzanilla fast facts

Always serve very chilled

Use an ice bucket with both ice and water to serve chilled between 6 & 8º C.

The wine of the sea

Perfect with fish, seafood and all styles of food from the sea.

Style of Glass

In traditional wide rimmed catavinos or in a white wine glass.

Analytic data

  • Alcoholic content 15 y 19% vol. (normally 15% vol.)
  • Sugar < 5 gr. / litre (normally < 1 gr. / litre)
  • Total Acidity (tartaric) 3 - 5 gr. / litre
  • Volatile Acidity (acetic) <0,25 gr. / litre
  • Very Low In Glycerine Content < 2 gr. / litre
Neyah White , NOPA San Francisco, CA United States
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