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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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Catch & Release

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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.

The Little Door

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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.

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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.

Gracias Madre

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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.

Avenue 31

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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

Barrel & Ashes

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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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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

Petty Cash Taqueria

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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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Sassafras Saloon

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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

Pour Vous

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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

Break Room 86

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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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Broken Spanish

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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.

Esther Tseng

Redbird

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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

Catch & Release

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.

The Little Door

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.

fundamental LA

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.

Gracias Madre

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.

Avenue 31

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.

Bradley Tuck

Barrel & Ashes

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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.

Esther Tseng

Birch

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.

Liz Idema

Petty Cash Taqueria

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.

Esther Tseng

Sassafras Saloon

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.

Danielle Bernabe

Pour Vous

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.

Adrien Vargucci

Break Room 86

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.

Esther Tseng

Broken Spanish

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.

Esther Tseng

Redbird

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.

Michelle Park

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