Cocktails on the Tom Dunne Show: Madeira Cobbler

Oisin Davis' recipe for the final Liebfrau-March themed cocktail - made with Granny's favourite madeira...

We have finally reached the last week of Liebfrau-March, and Oisin Davis of Great Irish Beverages brings us the last installment of this winederful month, the Madeira Cobbler.

Oisin says: "So there's 5 Thursdays in #LiebFrauMarch - the universe is obviously telling us that we needed to have an extra day of  enjoying cocktails made with wine. And as I was saying last week, we need to be consuming more of the drinks that our grannies used to have. Like sherry, port and good old fashioned madeira.

This one is a classic cocktail and any dry fortified wines such as sherry could be substituted if you don't have any madeira. It needs crushed ice so if you don't have access to a blender you can always get normal ice, wrap it up in a tea towel and smack the bejaysus out of it. In fact, even if you have a blender, you should just do this anyway. It's extremely gratifying".


  • 75 ml dry Madeira
  • 10 ml demerara sugar syrup
  • 2 orange slices
  • 1 or 2 raspberries to garnish


Place an orange slice in your serving and muddle it slightly. Mix the madeira and sugar syrup in another vessel such as a small jug. Fill the glass with the crushed ice and pour in the madeira and sugar. Garnish with the other orange slice and raspberries.

Oisin will be making the cocktail live on the Tom Dunne Show, tonight from 10pm