sher·​ry | \ ˈsher-ē How to pronounce sherry (audio) \
plural sherries

Definition of sherry

: a Spanish fortified wine with a distinctive nutty flavor also : a similar wine produced elsewhere

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Try a sherry cobbler or a New York sour—classics for a reason—or inquire about a favorite. Alex Van Buren, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Bars in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 Illustration: Silja Goetz/Illustration Division Cafe L’Etoile at Macy’s on 34th Street While brunch was served all day, afternoon tea—served with sherry and scones—was the main attraction. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "Saks Doubles Down on Department Stores With New Restaurant in New York City," 15 Jan. 2019 Here, the standout spritzes are the Lotus ($17), made with Aperol, passion fruit, peach, and ginger leaf, and the Belafonte ($15), made with sherry, lemon, prosecco, and basil. Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Bars in Sydney," 27 Feb. 2018 The sourced whiskey is further matured in three cask types – sherry butts, Tennessee whiskey barrels and virgin oak casks – before blending and bottling. Jonah Flicker, USA TODAY, "Explore four scenic distilleries in the U.K.," 22 June 2018 Among the signature cocktails: The Box Office, a potion of bourbon, butterscotch, sherry, blood orange, and lemon served in a red- and white-striped popcorn box, popcorn piled on top. Devra First,, "At the Ghost Walks, drinks with drama," 3 May 2018 In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, finely snipped chives, sherry vinegar, black pepper, and salt. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Peach, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Salad," 25 July 2018 In a medium size mixing bowl whisk together the ginger juice, ½ cup olive oil and sherry vinegar. 4. House Beautiful, "Ginger Marinated Heirloom Tomato with Watermelon, Burrata, and Arugula," 12 May 2011 The process is similar to a Spanish method of maturing sherry called solera. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How They Make Rye Whiskey the Right Way," 23 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of sherry

1584, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sherry

alteration of earlier sherris (taken as plural), from Xeres (now Jerez), Spain

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English Language Learners Definition of sherry

: a type of strong wine with a nutty flavor that is made especially in Spain

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