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Sherry cocktails

Sherry is a fabulous fortified wine from Spain that is becoming a popular choice as an aperitif, paired with foods, and especially in mixed drinks. More than just a cooking spirit, sherry’s dry or sweet characteristics make it an especially versatile ingredient in cocktails. Here are our top tips to use sherry in mixed drinks and some luscious sherry cocktail recipes you’ll love to sip.

Sherry Cocktail

Tips for Making Sherry Cocktails

Choose dry or sweet

If you are prefer a dry sherry, opt for one made with Palomino Fino or Manzanilla grapes. If you are craving something more sweet, go for sherry made from Moscatel and Pedro Ximénez grapes.
For a medium sherry, which has characteristics between dry and sweet, choose Amontillado, Oloroso and Palo Cortado; these sherries are typically darker and richer with a full robust taste. You can
even opt for a cream sherry, which is sweet, and made with a variety of wines.

Mix your drink

Sherry, whether dry, sweet or in between, can make many great cocktails. The key is to balance the dry and sweet. For example, if you are using sweet mixers, opt for a dry sherry so the drink
isn’t cloyingly sweet. Some of the best alcohol mixers that go with sherry are whiskey, bourbon and scotch, but brandy, vermouth and bitters are also good choices. For flavored mixers, orange
and lemon juices work well as does cola or simple club soda. You can make a sweeter cocktail by adding a bit of sugar or honey to the mix. If you are using cream sherry, you can add a splash of
cream or even ice cream.

Pairing food and sherry

Sherry is a wine and it pairs deliciously well with food. Because it is made in Spain, a country known for both seafood and tapas, sherry is perfect with fish and Spanish-inspired bites. Sherry
also goes well with different cheeses, soups, spicy foods, desserts, nuts, or gamier meats like duck and venison. Experiment with different sherries and foods to determine your favorite pairings.

Sherry cocktail Recipes

All recipes courtesy of

Fino Mandrino Martini

Makes 1 serving


2 ounces orange vodka

1/2 ounce Grand Marnier

1 ounce dry sherry

Twist of orange peel


1. Combine vodka, Grand Marnier and sherry in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously.

2. Strain into a Collins glass and garnish with an orange peel.

Sparkling Sherry

Makes 1 serving


4 ounces Spanish Cava

1 ounce medium dry sherry


Fill Champagne flute with Cava then top with sherry.

Sherry Alexander

Makes 1 serving


1 ounce brandy

1 ounce medium dry sherry

1 ounce brandy cream

Splash of heavy cream

Freshly grated nutmeg


1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously.

2. Strain into a brandy glass and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

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