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Substituting Dry Sherry for Cream Sherry

By Cook's Illustrated Published July 2013

If you've got a bottle of dry sherry handy, here's a tip for transforming it into a cream sherry substitute.

Cream sherry is a sweet, dark variety of barrel-aged sherry made in the oloroso style of fortified wines­—by oxidative (or air) aging. We like the sweetness of cream sherry in our Summer Berry Trifle (see related content), but there’s no need to run out to the liquor store if you have only dry sherry on hand. We’ve found that it’s possible to create a reasonable facsimile of cream sherry by stirring 2 teaspoons of dark brown sugar into ½ cup of the dry kind. (But don’t try serving the sweetened dry sherry to your great aunt Sadie as a sub for her favorite tipple; it’s only suitable for recipes.)