Second Serve

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Cocktail History

The Second Serve is a modern cocktail that was created by bartender Dan Greenbaum at Attaboy in New York City, New York and was first published in The Essential Cocktail Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks by the editors of PUNCH and Megan Krigbaum. Inspired by Spain and Italy, it pairs salty fino sherry with herbal Amaro Montenegro, citrus, and soda water to create a light and airy recipe that is also fairly low in alcohol content.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Fino Sherry: This is the base spirit. It’s a fortified wine made from palomino grapes that has a dry, nutty flavor.

Amaro Montenegro: This is an Italian amaro made from a secret blend of forty botanicals, including vanilla, orange peel, and eucalyptus.

Lime Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh lime juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with sugar and water. You can buy bottled simple syrup in a store, but we made ours at home using Alex’s recipe because it tastes better fresh and is very easy to make.

Soda Water: This is water that has been infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure. It stretches the drink and adds fizz. We used Topo Chico because it’s light, essentially flavorless, and refreshing.

Orange Slice: This is the garnish. It adds fresh orange aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Second Serve begins with light aromas of orange, has a taste that seamlessly blends nutty sherry with earthy but not quite bitter amaro, and receives a refreshing tartness from the lime and syrup combination. The aftertaste then goes down with a hint of citrus along with a touch of herbal bitterness.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Despite Kendall usually being lukewarm on using sherry in recipes, we both gave this drink an easy A due to it having complex, savory flavors but still being dangerously easy to drink. Thankfully, the Second Serve fairly low proof so you can enjoy several without going overboard.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I would liken this drink to an Americano: both are a fortified wine mixed with an amaro and topped with soda. They obviously couldn’t be further apart though since the Americano is vermouth and Campari, whereas this one is sherry and Montenegro (not to mention the lime and sugar), but in spirit, I put them in the same camp. This one offers a refreshing tartness and a deep herbal quality, and it is definitely right at home in a rustic Spanish town’s al fresco cafe tables.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I am not sherry’s biggest fan, but I can’t deny its merits when it’s used in a truly delicious cocktail. If you already love sherry, I can just about guarantee you will enjoy this recipe quite a bit. I do like several others drinks that use Amaro Montenegro, so I was used to its slightly bitter flavor. If you’ve never had that ingredient before, it’s very subtle in this recipe thanks to the sherry and lime, so don’t be shy about grabbing a bottle. Overall, this is a damn great little drink that is worth trying.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Essential Cocktail Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks by the editors of PUNCH and Megan Krigbaum.

AuthorThe Essential Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 oz Fino Sherry
 1 oz Amaro Montenegro
 1 oz Lime Juice
 ¾ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 Soda Water
 1 Orange Slice

Method
1

Add sherry, Amaro Montenegro, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh crushed ice.

4

Top with soda water.

5

Garnish with orange slice.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 oz Fino Sherry
 1 oz Amaro Montenegro
 1 oz Lime Juice
 ¾ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 Soda Water
 1 Orange Slice

Directions

Method
1

Add sherry, Amaro Montenegro, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh crushed ice.

4

Top with soda water.

5

Garnish with orange slice.

Second Serve

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More Sherry Cocktails

If you like this sherry-based cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

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Adonis Cocktail Recipe

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Cranberry Cobbler Cocktail Recipe

Cranberry Cobbler: A sherry cocktail made with cranberry syrup, orange slices, an orange wedge, mint, and cranberries

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