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How to Make a Sherry Cocktail: Sherry Spritz Recipe

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Last updated: May 14, 2020 • 1 min read

Traditionally, Italian amaro or aperitivo meet sparkling wines like prosecco in carefree summer cocktails like the Aperol Spritz, or a Campari and soda. In world-class mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana’s bold hybrid of both a spritz and sherry cocktail, Fino Sherry bestows the drink with a dynamic dimension that is equally savory and refreshing.

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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.

What Is a Spritz?

The spritz is a delightful pre-dinner apéritif that layers subtle flavors without being too serious or heavy—often pairing refreshing elements like rhubarb, grapefruit, lemon peel, or an orange slice with bittersweet, botanical liqueurs softened by a splash of soda.

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.

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Sherry Spritz Recipe

Makes
1 cocktail
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min

Ingredients

  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil.

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