Yes, again with the sherry in hand, but don’t get mad at him. If he has such a rich history, what am I going to do? All Spanish wines have a fascinating past. There were others who made their fortunes abroad as well, like the sweet wine from Malaga or fondillon from Alicante. Not all Spanish wines were inspired by Shakespeare or Edgar Allan Poe.
They did not all travel the globe with Elcano. Nor did they continue to circumnavigate to find a unique bouquet. Despite the fact that it is filthy envious, only Jerez-XeresSherry has managed to do that. It is also the only Spanish wine capable of inciting a new cocktail. This concoction marked a difference in the world of alcohol mixtures and raised the bar on what we know as cocktails. The sherry-cobbler is the king of nineteenth century cocktails.
His name may sound like the Andalusian rebujito's father or ancestor. This possible relationship, which I believe is more hypothetical than biological, was discovered in 2006 in a newspaper called 'La Voz de Jerez'. It was entitled 'Rebujito: An English invention called sherry cobbler'. Jose Luis Jimenez Garcia (Jerez-born researcher, popularizer) has provided numerous historical references to this cocktail from the nineteenth century and its similarities with modern rebujito.
The cobbler, which was similar to the fair drink, was drunk with ice and contained sherry. It also included fruit, particularly citrus, and had a sweet aftertaste. Jose Luis Jimenez, in addition to being a friend and colleague in documentary research, is one of my sources in all things sherry related. After much discussion, we agreed that disagreeing does not mean arguing. I am sending him a bibliophile hug, even though I have to admit to his theories.
Jose Luis's erudition, curiosity, and knowledge about the sherry-cobbler were reduced to headline-hooks or the indiscriminate use, via social media and the internet, of the hypothetical link between two drinks to increase the shine. as popular as populachero. Although the rebujito is an excellent invention, it does not diminish other highballs (cocktail term that refers to mixtures of alcohol beverages such as the gin-and-tonic, cuba libre, or vodka with orange screwdriver) which are equally popular. Beer with lemon and Kalimotxo are two other examples that would be close to the mark. These formidable creations are not less appealing for being created by a barman, but rather from popular imagination.
Invention of the yankee
We will soon discuss the various circumstances that led to the rebujito. However, I can assure you that there was no lord. The cobbler and the rebujito look very similar. Their similarities are purely fortuitous, and there is no cause-effect relationship. Third, and most importantly, because no English were involved in the creation the sherry-cobbler: it was an American invention.
So Yankee that in July 1899, Queen Victoria took one in public. The press noted that the sovereign, just like all neighbor's sons, had also fallen for the "real American sherry Cobbler".
This drink isn't the false grandfather of the rebujito. It is more remarkable because it was the first modern cocktail and, without doubt, the one that caused most controversy in the 19th century. It is made with Spanish products! The British influence in America meant that there was a strong interest in fortified wines from colonial times. But the Americans soon discovered their own way to consume them. This perfectly matched their fame and status as an enterprising, young nation.
The USA was the first country to make ice a daily product. In 1806, ice, conveniently covered with sawdust, began being exported from Massachusetts to Martinique (Cuba), Australia, India, Brazil, Australia and India. The difference between the "American cocktails" or incipient cocktails was the presence of ice inside the glasses. This element was so crucial that it was given its name in the case with the sherry-cobbler. English for "cobble" means "round stone or cobblestone." The mixture is made with so much crushed ice, it almost seems like it has been cobbled.
The straw was added by the Americans to avoid drinking problems. This invention, made of genuine, hollow straw, was a major part of the magic of the sherry cobbler. It is a magical combination of sherry and sugar, orange slices, and lots of ice. The sherry-cobbler was created in America between 1820-1830. It is served in a cocktail shaker with garnishes and is drank through a straw. We'll see next week.