What Is Sherry?
Sherry is a fortified wine produced in the southwest of Spain that’s made from the Palomino, Muscat, or Pedro Ximénez grape. Like vermouth, it’s fortified with brandy and typically clocks in at around 15 to 18 percent alcohol by volume, or ABV. Fino falls on the bone-dry side of the sherry spectrum, exhibiting a salty, nutty, and vegetal quality reminiscent of green olives.
How to Make a Sherry Cocktail
This Sherry cocktail recipe takes inspiration from the traditional Spanish Gin and Tonic (wherein aromatics are inserted directly into a wine glass, along with gin, tonic, and ice). Other dry sherries, like Oloroso sherry, Amontillado sherry, or Manzanilla sherry can be used as an alternative to Fino, but bear in mind that they’ll make for a heavier, nuttier spritz.
Sherry Spritz Recipe
Prep Time5 min
Total Time5 min
- 1 orange bell pepper, cut in strips lengthwise and seeds removed
- 2 sprigs fresh basil
- 60ml (2.4 oz.) Fino Sherry
- 60ml (2.4 oz.) club soda
- 60ml (2.4 oz.) tonic water
- Begin building your Sherry Spritz in a wine glass: Start with about 3 medium-size ice cubes, then layer in 3 slices of bell pepper. Tuck in a sprig of basil, then fill the rest of the glass with ice cubes.
- Add the Fino Sherry and stir several times to integrate. Add the club soda and tonic water and stir once more. Top off with another ice cube.
- Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil.
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