The Rebujito cocktail is a drink made with Sherry, which is a Spanish fortified wine. The cocktail originates in Spain, and it is a refreshing citrus cocktail with sweet and sour flavors.
How to Make Rebujito
Make this cocktail in a stemless white wine glass. At its simplest, it is lemonade mixed with dry Sherry, such as Fino or Manzanilla, which are both dry, light, nutty Sherries. The result is a boozy but refreshing lemonade that's perfect for a summer day. This version mixes up a whole batch of Rebujito, so it's great for a party or gathering. If you prefer to make it fizzy, you can replace the lemonade with lemon-lime soda. It makes 8 servings.
- 1 bottle (750 mL) of dry Sherry, such as Fino or Manzanilla
- 2 liters of lemonade or lemon-lime soda
- 8 mint sprigs
- In a large bowl or pitcher, combine the Sherry and lemonade or soda. Stir well to mix.
- Fill stemless white wine glasses with ice. Add the lemonade mixture.
- Garnish with a sprig of mint.
Homemade Lemonade Variation
You can make your own lemonade, which often has a fresher flavor than if you use pre-made, bottled lemonade. To make it you will need the following:
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 cups water
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
To make the lemonade:
- In a pan, combine the sugar and water. Cook on high, stirring, until the sugar dissolves completely. Remove from the heat and refrigerate.
- When the water and sugar solution is cold, stir in the lemons.
- Follow recipe above to use the homemade lemonade in the cocktail.
You can also alter the flavors of the original recipe in multiple ways:
- Use half lemonade and half lemon-lime soda.
- Use limeade in place of the lemonade or soda.
- Use a fizzy soda, such as cherry limeade, in place of the lemonade or soda.
- Use other flavors of lemonade, such as strawberry or raspberry lemonade.
- Add 1 cup of blackberries or raspberries to the lemonade and sherry mixture and stir, using a spoon to extract the juice lightly as you do.
The Rebujito originated in Andalusia, Spain, and it is a Spanish version of a wine spritzer using one of Spain's most well-known wines, Sherry. The name is a derivative of the Spanish word arrebujar, which means to mix. Rebujito is often served at Andalucian fairs called Ferias in the spring and summer as a thirst quencher for fair goers parched after consuming dehydrating Fino in the summer heat throughout the day.
A Refreshing Drink
Lemonade by itself is refreshing, but when you add Sherry, you truly have something special. So while you may not be able to make it to Andalusia this summer to enjoy the Feria, you can certainly capture its spirit in your backyard by mixing up a pitcher of Rebujito.