Palo Cortado Sherry is a type of sherry that, when authentic, is quite rare. Palo Cortado means "cut stick" in Spanish, which refers to the barrel mark -- a downward slash marking barrels set for the Fino program, and a mark through it perpendicular for Palo Cortado.
Traditionally, Palo Cortado sherry happens when the flor - the yeasty scum that forms on top of Fino sherry, fails for some reason. The resulting sherry is stuck between the reductive style of Fino and the oxidative style of Oloroso. Alcohol is added to these barrels to bring them up to 17.5% alcohol.
Because the failure of flor cannot be predicted, true Palo Cortado sherry is very rare. It is now common to blend Amontillado and Oloroso sherries together to mimic the flavor profile of Palo Cortado.
Palo Cortado sherry is full bodied and round enough to pair well with dinner, with seafood paella working quite well.
Some popular cocktails containing Palo Cortado Sherry
- Crystal Fall — Demerara Rum, Brandy, Palo Cortado Sherry, Bitters, Apple juice, Demerara syrup, Lemon juice, Ginger syrup, Apple
- Hamilton Park Swizzle — Applejack, Palo Cortado Sherry, Falernum, Pineapple syrup, Lime juice
- The Mothership Connection — Apple brandy, Palo Cortado Sherry, Sorel liqueur, Batavia Arrack, Virgin Islands Rum, Bitters, Lime juice, Honey Ginger Syrup
- Christmas in Prison — Apple brandy, Palo Cortado Sherry, Virgin Islands Rum, Cranberry bitters, Cinnamon syrup, Maple syrup, Orange peel
- Winter Cobbler — Scotch, Palo Cortado Sherry, Bitters, Honey Ginger Syrup, Lemon juice, Mint