This fun and not-too-fruity sherry cocktail recipe comes from the mixologists at Bitters & Brass in Historic Downtown Sanford. In Orlando’s warm weather, a rocks drink is never wrong, and the hit of rye in the Sherry Poppins cocktail makes it a year-round contender for cocktail contentment.
The recipe calls for rye, which is less sweet than bourbon and also has a fruitiness to it. Some of our favorite brands of rye are Bulleit, Rittenhouse, and Woodford Reserve.
Rye’s sharper, less-sweet flavor profile blends well with the dry white fino sherry, which is a wine made from palomino grapes and often aged in oak so it echoes similar notes in the rye. Fino sherry is also delicious on its own by the glass; invest in a bottle and try something new! It’s delicious as a pre-dinner drink with anything salty, briny, or fatty like a charcuterie plate.
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1 ½ ounces Rittenhouse Rye
¾ ounce Hidalgo Fino Sherry
½ ounce Cappelletti Aperitivo
½ ounce grenadine
¼ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
Sage leaves and orange wedge for garnish
Fill a brandy snifter with crushed ice. Combine all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Strain over crushed ice, garnish and serve. Sherry cocktail recipe