Trend Alert: Low-Proof Shim Cocktails Pack Just as Much Flavor

June 29, 2017

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Q39

“The [low-ABV] trend has been coming for a while,” says cocktail maven Jenn Tosatto, formerly of Q39, The Rieger and Dempsey’s Burger Pub in the Kansas City area. “With the rise of craft-cocktail culture, people have moved out of drinking to get drunk into more drinking for enjoyment and the pleasure of the artistry of the cocktail.” Tosatto created a number of drinks on the current list at barbecue joint Q39, including the O Sherry Mio, which is a play on a Sherry Cobbler. Sherry is a fortified Spanish wine frequently consumed as an aperitif or digestif, but it’s not often the star of the show in a cocktail. In the O Sherry Mio, Tosatto shows it off as the base spirit with a scant half-ounce of rye whiskey “for backbone,” she says. She shakes the spirits with lemon and orange juice, a housemade cinnamon syrup and a handful of pineapple chunks for a sweet, tart and refreshing sipper. Q39 bartender Jacob Brewer considers the O Sherry Mio one of the most universally appealing drinks on the menu. “I really feel like it’s a year-round cocktail for everyone,” he says. “It plays on a lot of different things. In our world – the barbecue world – you don’t really see a lot of drinks with sherry. People are surprised by it, and it’s great to be able to introduce these flavors to people who have never had them before.”

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