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The Gage Cobbler

red-colored Gage Cobbler in a highball glass with crushed ice and a mint garnish
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The Sherry Cobbler is a classic low-proof drink that has cooled drinkers and sated thirsts since the 1830s. It doesn’t take much to make a great Cobbler; throw some sherry, sugar and a little fruit into a shaker, then give it all a vigorous shake. Pour over crushed ice, apply a garnish of your choosing, and bask in the refreshment.

Nearly two centuries since its advent, the Sherry Cobbler is still as good as ever. But today, it’s common for barkeeps to add some flavorful flair to their drinks via liqueurs, vermouths and shrubs. Take the Gage Cobbler, for example, which adds Chambord to the mix.

“Chambord works well with sherry and crushed ice to make a sweeter version of the classic Cobbler,” says bartender Azrhiel Frost. Its high sugar content is best balanced by dry or acidic ingredients, she adds. These can include citrus, bitter liqueurs or dry sherry, like she uses in this variation, which she created while working at The Gage in Chicago.

The Gage Cobbler is simple and refreshing, but it tastes more complex than its ingredients might suggest, and the ingredients give robustness to this easy-sipping cocktail. The Chambord’s sweetness is offset by the light and dry fino sherry and the tart lemon juice. For more citrus flavor, Frost suggests adding an orange slice to the shaker; the fruit’s juices and oils will join the party when hurtled around with the ice.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces fino sherry

  • 1 ounce Chambord

  • 1/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed

  • Garnish: mint sprig

Steps

  1. Add the fino sherry, Chambord and lemon juice into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a highball glass over crushed ice.

  3. Garnish with a mint sprig.