Sherry Cobbler

This recipe is faithful to Jerry Thomas’s own 1862 formula. He described cobblers as a “delicious potation” that was easy to make but surprisingly hard to make look good. Harry Johnson said in 1882: “This drink is without doubt the most popular beverage in the country, with ladies as well as gentlemen. It is a very refreshing drink for old and young.” I don’t have much to add: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, as they say.



  • 60ml medium sherry
  • 1tsp castor sugar
  • 2 wedges of orange


Place the fruit in the bottom of a shaker, add the sugar and muddle, then add the sherry and a scoop of ice. Shake and double strain into a goblet filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a slice of pineapple, orange and berry.