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Fungus Among Us, Gracias Madre
Fungus Among Us, Gracias Madre
Esther Tseng

13 Fine Sherry-Based Cocktails in Los Angeles

From the city's best bartenders.

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Fungus Among Us, Gracias Madre
| Esther Tseng

Sherry's influence in cocktail goes back to the origins of crafted drinks, but this Spanish wine import has been having its heyday as a cocktail ingredient around Los Angeles of late. It's spread across a variety of different styles, from the lighter Fino to creamy East India, and even aged versions like Oloroso and Amontillado.

And while you’ll certainly find some fantastic classic sherry cobblers all over town, you’ll also find the ingredient in stirred drinks, shrubs, and even in cocktails on tap. Here are a few key spots around town to get your sherry fix.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Catch & Release

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13488 Maxella Ave
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 893-6100
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David Kupchinsky's refresher called the Del Rey Daiquiri is a sip of the sea, made with Caribbean cane syrup, fresh lime, and Clement Rum. The added Manzanilla sherry and saline tincture impart flavors from the ocean and the restaurant’s outstanding raw bar.

2. The Little Door

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246 26th St
Santa Monica, CA 90402
(310) 310-8064

Like many of Vincenzo Marianella’s cocktails, this Dark and Smokey drinks like a classic. Made with bourbon, mezcal, Fino sherry, amaro and Zucca, the Dark and Smokey is perfectly balanced, complex and aromatic.

3. fundamental LA

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1303 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 444-7581
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This perfect-for-fall cocktail called the Sherry + Cider from Alicia Kemper combines spiced cider and Bordelet pear cider with Valdespino Manzanilla sherry, and is topped off with a cinnamon sugar rim. It may be hot out, but this cocktail brings fall right to you.

4. Gracias Madre

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8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 978-2170
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Jason Eisner's Fungus Among Us infuses Amontillado Sherry with black truffle, and combines that with Vermut Negre, a Spanish Vermouth mulled with herbs and spices, as well as a touch of La Niña del Mezcal Espadin.

5. Avenue 31

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8630 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

It’s never as simple as it sounds when it comes to bar chef Matt Biancaniello’s delicious and delightful creations, like this Sherry & Tonic. Here he combines Fino Sherry with strawberries, dill, cornichons, feta and lime, while finishing it off with Fever Tree tonic for a fizzy cocktail with a muddled cornucopia of green notes.

Bradley Tuck

6. Barrel & Ashes

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11801 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 623-8883
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Leave it to Kristina Howald to craft the Sherry Baby, a daytime drink that you’ll want to order during brunch. High proof vodka gives it that kick, while sherry, lime juice, house made cherry soda and cherry vanilla bitters provide just enough fruitiness to make it all go down deliciously easy.

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7. Birch

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1634 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 960-3369
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Gaby Mlynarczyk's aromatic #4 cocktail uses shiso, Kyoho grapes and elderflower along with Manzanilla sherry and tonic for a toothy yet refreshing and bubbly cocktail.

Liz Idema

8. Petty Cash Taqueria

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7360 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-5300
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The Main Ingredient is a shaken beauty that combines tequila blanco, Fino Jarana sherry, lime, avocado syrup, agave nectar, and house salsa water for an ultra smooth, velvety drink.

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9. Sassafras Saloon

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1233 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 467-2800
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Bartender Karen Grill's classic Four on the Floor cobbler features fresh berries and cinnamon. With temps still hot in the city, this drink ensures that you never have to decide between summer and fall.

Danielle Bernabe

10. Pour Vous

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5574 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 871-8699
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This spirit-forward cocktail called Sherry Cherie from Francois Vera beautifully combines the prized spirits of Mexico, Italy and Spain for a stirred team effort. With Vida mezcal, Amaro Nonino, East India sherry and bitters, you’ve got subtly smoky, herbal and creamy notes to sip within the stylish surroundings of a French Champagne bar.

Adrien Vargucci

11. Break Room 86

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630 S Ardmore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Draft cocktails over karaoke are just the thing at Break Room 86, and what better cocktail on draft could be better than Christine Wiseman’s concoction of Ilegal mezcal, Ancho Reyes, and Lustau Amontillado sherry for a smoky, spicy libation. Sip this while singing Boyz II Men, of course.

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12. Broken Spanish

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1050 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 749-1460

This fizzy delight called the Tepache Fizz from Michael Lay has Mexican roots, blending blanco tequila, genever, East Indian cream sherry, lemon, pineapple tepache soda, cinnamon and other spices for an easy, spiced sipper that pairs well with all of selections on Chef Ray Garcia’s menu.

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13. Redbird

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114 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 788-1191
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One can never get enough of bartender Tobin Shea's sherry cobblers, and this version is no exception. Tobin Shea keeps it simple with Amontillado sherry, Martinique cane syrup with a berry and orange garnish for a classic take.

Michelle Park

1. Catch & Release

13488 Maxella Ave, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

David Kupchinsky's refresher called the Del Rey Daiquiri is a sip of the sea, made with Caribbean cane syrup, fresh lime, and Clement Rum. The added Manzanilla sherry and saline tincture impart flavors from the ocean and the restaurant’s outstanding raw bar.

13488 Maxella Ave
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

2. The Little Door

246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Like many of Vincenzo Marianella’s cocktails, this Dark and Smokey drinks like a classic. Made with bourbon, mezcal, Fino sherry, amaro and Zucca, the Dark and Smokey is perfectly balanced, complex and aromatic.

246 26th St
Santa Monica, CA 90402

3. fundamental LA

1303 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

This perfect-for-fall cocktail called the Sherry + Cider from Alicia Kemper combines spiced cider and Bordelet pear cider with Valdespino Manzanilla sherry, and is topped off with a cinnamon sugar rim. It may be hot out, but this cocktail brings fall right to you.

1303 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

4. Gracias Madre

8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Jason Eisner's Fungus Among Us infuses Amontillado Sherry with black truffle, and combines that with Vermut Negre, a Spanish Vermouth mulled with herbs and spices, as well as a touch of La Niña del Mezcal Espadin.

8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

5. Avenue 31

8630 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Bradley Tuck

It’s never as simple as it sounds when it comes to bar chef Matt Biancaniello’s delicious and delightful creations, like this Sherry & Tonic. Here he combines Fino Sherry with strawberries, dill, cornichons, feta and lime, while finishing it off with Fever Tree tonic for a fizzy cocktail with a muddled cornucopia of green notes.

8630 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

6. Barrel & Ashes

11801 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
Esther Tseng

Leave it to Kristina Howald to craft the Sherry Baby, a daytime drink that you’ll want to order during brunch. High proof vodka gives it that kick, while sherry, lime juice, house made cherry soda and cherry vanilla bitters provide just enough fruitiness to make it all go down deliciously easy.

11801 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

7. Birch

1634 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Liz Idema

Gaby Mlynarczyk's aromatic #4 cocktail uses shiso, Kyoho grapes and elderflower along with Manzanilla sherry and tonic for a toothy yet refreshing and bubbly cocktail.

1634 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

8. Petty Cash Taqueria

7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Esther Tseng

The Main Ingredient is a shaken beauty that combines tequila blanco, Fino Jarana sherry, lime, avocado syrup, agave nectar, and house salsa water for an ultra smooth, velvety drink.

7360 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

9. Sassafras Saloon

1233 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Danielle Bernabe

Bartender Karen Grill's classic Four on the Floor cobbler features fresh berries and cinnamon. With temps still hot in the city, this drink ensures that you never have to decide between summer and fall.

1233 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90038

10. Pour Vous

5574 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Adrien Vargucci

This spirit-forward cocktail called Sherry Cherie from Francois Vera beautifully combines the prized spirits of Mexico, Italy and Spain for a stirred team effort. With Vida mezcal, Amaro Nonino, East India sherry and bitters, you’ve got subtly smoky, herbal and creamy notes to sip within the stylish surroundings of a French Champagne bar.

5574 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

11. Break Room 86

630 S Ardmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Esther Tseng

Draft cocktails over karaoke are just the thing at Break Room 86, and what better cocktail on draft could be better than Christine Wiseman’s concoction of Ilegal mezcal, Ancho Reyes, and Lustau Amontillado sherry for a smoky, spicy libation. Sip this while singing Boyz II Men, of course.

630 S Ardmore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005

12. Broken Spanish

1050 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Esther Tseng

This fizzy delight called the Tepache Fizz from Michael Lay has Mexican roots, blending blanco tequila, genever, East Indian cream sherry, lemon, pineapple tepache soda, cinnamon and other spices for an easy, spiced sipper that pairs well with all of selections on Chef Ray Garcia’s menu.

1050 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

13. Redbird

114 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Michelle Park

One can never get enough of bartender Tobin Shea's sherry cobblers, and this version is no exception. Tobin Shea keeps it simple with Amontillado sherry, Martinique cane syrup with a berry and orange garnish for a classic take.

114 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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