Mothers' Day Cocktails
As a key carer for my parents, I've continued to see them during the lockdown period. I appreciate that is a rare privilege, and many readers are finding it painful to be separated from family. With Mothers' Day coming up, I wondered what I could contribute and have come up with three delicious, classic cocktails that you can make for her, toast her with on a Zoom call or talk her through, so she can make it for herself with ingredients you've sent her.
Let's start with the oldest of the three, the Sherry Cobbler. This will appeal to any mum who loves a good sherry. It is the drink for which the paper drinking straw was invented, and it gets a mention in Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit. It's a refreshing mix of sherry and fruit juice. You can use any juice you enjoy, and I've made it with lots of different juices: pineapple, orange, apple and pear all work very well. It doesn't work well with pale sherries, but is great with Amontillado, Oloroso or cream sherry.
75ml medium sherry
5ml Maraschino liqueur
5ml sugar syrup or honey
15ml of fruit juice
Fill a jug or shaker with ice cubes. Add the sherry, liqueur, syrup or honey and the fruit juice. Shake or stir until they are well mixed. Fill a glass with crushed ice and strain the cocktail into it. Garnish with fruit and serve with a straw.