While traditionally enjoyed as an apéritif before a meal, sherry is criminally overlooked as an intriguing ingredient for unique cocktails.

Thanks to its diverse yet unique flavours, you can easily implement different types of sherry to produce a variety of flavours.

Therefore, this guide will present you with the top 10 best sherry cocktail recipes to make at home:

  1. Fin de Siècle
  2. Sherry Cobbler
  3. Sherry Sour
  4. Jerez Cocktail
  5. Sherrgroni
  6. Bamboo Cocktail
  7. Christmas Velvet Alexander
  8. Jabberwocky
  9. Spanish Spritz
  10. Sherry Sangria

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Before reading any further, just note that we’ll occasionally refer to different styles of sherry. As each has a quite different flavour profile, we suggest reading up on the different types of sherry if you’re not yet familiar with them.

1. Beginning Of The End

Fin de Siècle Cocktail

At the turn of the 20th Century, France was often romanticised and “Fin de Siècle” was a particularly common cocktail name. This cocktail by Paul Matthew at The Hide in London is a twist on one of the better-known classics.

You will need the following ingredients:

  • 45 ml (1½ Oz) Añejo Rum
  • 15 ml (½ Oz) Aged Sweet Vermouth
  • 10 ml (⅓ Oz) Picon Amer
  • 10 ml (⅓ Oz) Oloroso Sherry
  • Orange Peel

Take a cocktail glass or ideally a Nick & Nora and flame an orange zest inside to line it with oils. Stir all the ingredients in a glass and once thoroughly chilled, strain them into the prepared glass. Twist an additional lemon peel over the drink’s surface and serve it as garnish.

2. Sherry Cobbler

A fruity and refreshing punch of a cocktail, this juicy creation dates back to the mid-19th century. If you’re looking for a great summer punch, consider the Sherry Cobbler!

It consists of the following:

  • 30 ml (1 Oz) Oloroso Sherry
  • 15 ml (½ Oz) Pedro Ximénez or Sweet Sherry
  • 1 Tsp Sugar Syrup
  • Orange Wedge
  • Lemon Wedge
  • Fresh Pineapple Piece

Muddle the fruit in a cocktail shaker until they release their juices and then add the sherry and syrup. Fill the shaker with ice and vigorously shake it until the outside has fully condensed. Strain the contents into a highball glass that has been filled with crushed ice. Garnish with fresh pieces of the fruit.

3. Sherry Sour

Sour Cocktail

The Sherry Sour is an easy cocktail that requires few ingredients. While it can be enjoyed throughout the year, it’s a great option for around the festive season.

It requires the following ingredients to make:

  • 120 ml (4 Oz) Oloroso Sherry
  • 60 ml (2 Oz) Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 40 ml (1⅓ Oz) Sugar Syrup
  • 1 Egg White

Place all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Shake it for at least thirty seconds until the shaker is ice cold to the touch. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a lemon peel.

4. Jerez Cocktail

Old Fashioned Cocktail

A boozy cocktail that’s just so easy to make, it’s a great alternative to an old fashioned if you’re looking for something short and flavoursome.

You’ll just need the following to make it:

  • 60 ml (2 Oz) Sherry
  • 30 ml (1 Oz) Peach Brandy
  • 30 ml (1 Oz) Triple Sec

Simply stir the ingredients together and serve in a tumbler with ice. Feel free to add a lemon peel as garnish. You can also experiment with different sherries to see how it changes the overall flavour.

5. Sherrgroni

Negroni Cocktail

Variants of classic cocktails are inevitable but we’re particularly fond of this Negroni alternative!

It requires just the following:

  • 45 ml (1½ Oz) Dry Gin
  • 30 ml (1 Oz) Campari
  • 30 ml (1 Oz) Oloroso Sherry
  • Orange Peel

Stir the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice until chilled but without overly diluting it. Strain the contents into a coupe or tumbler and twist an orange peel over the drink before using it as a garnish.

6. Bamboo Cocktail

Sidecar Cocktail

An early 20th-century cocktail by Thomas Stuart, it’s a simple combination of classic ingredients and can be enjoyed as a flavoursome alternative to a Martini.

It just requires these ingredients:

  • 60 ml (2 Oz) Fino Sherry
  • 30 ml (1 Oz) Rosso Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 Dash Orange Bitters
  • 1 Orange Wheel or Zest

Simply stir all of the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Feel free to add an orange wheel or zest as a garnish.

7. Christmas Velvet Alexander

Death In The Afternoon Cocktail

Created by Simon Difford, the Christmas Velvet Alexander was designed to represent the quintessential festive cocktail. Therefore, it’s a great option when hosting friends over the holidays.

It requires the following to make:

  • 45 ml (1½ Oz) Advocaat Liqueur
  • 45 ml (1½ Oz) Dry Gin
  • 22 ml (¾ Oz) Fino Sherry

Thoroughly shake all of the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini or couple glass.

8. Jabberwocky

Jabberwocky Martini Cocktail

Want something a little more flavoursome than a Vesper? Throw out the vodka and replace it with sherry and orange bitters and you’ll have yourself a Jabberwocky!

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 22 ml (¾ Oz) Fino Sherry
  • 22 ml (¾ Oz) Dry Gin
  • 22 ml (¾ Oz) Lillet Blanc
  • 2 Dash Orange Bitters

Stir all the ingredients in a mixing glass and strain over ice into a cocktail class. Finish with the lemon peel garnish by twisting it over the glass so it releases the oils into the drink.

9. Spanish Spritz

Blend some of Spain’s most iconic beverages and throw in some ginger to make this unique spritz! Thanks to its tangy effervescence, it’s a lively cocktail full of character.

You’ll just need the following:

  • 45 ml (1½ Oz) Fino Sherry
  • 30 ml (1 Oz) Ginger Syrup
  • Cava To Taste
  • Lemon Wedge
  • Orange Wedge

Just add the sherry and ginger syrup to a glass filled with ice and top it up with cava before garnishing with the lemon and lime wedges. Feel free to use a glass of your choice depending on how much cava you wish to add.

10. Sherry Sangria

Sangria Cocktail Recipe

Technically, this beverage isn’t really a sangria like in the photo above. In fact, it might be seen as sacrilege in some circles. Nevertheless, it’s a wonderfully refreshing alternative for those who are looking for a refreshing fruit punch.

You’ll need the following:

  • 350 ml (12 Oz) Fino Sherry
  • 30 ml (1 Oz) Triple Sec
  • Plums
  • Orange Slices

A quick way to make this is to chop up the fruit and then add all of the ingredients to a mason jar. Give it a quick shake and you’re good to go! However, we’d recommend little it sit in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours so the flavours can marry. Nevertheless, you can get away with just a few hours.

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