Rebujito – A Refreshing Sherry Cocktail

If you asked most people to identify a Spanish drink they would undoubtedly say “Sangria.” We enjoy Sangria, however, when we think of Spanish drinks we think of sherry. A Rebujito is a refreshing Sherry cocktail. Historically it is has been a festival drink, but it is growing in popularity around the world and enjoyed at any time. Our recipe has three simple ingredients. It is very low carb, and much like a “spritzer,” you can have more than one and not feel the strong alcohol effects.

Mint Adds a Unique Flavor!

History

If you are lucky and get to visit Spain try to attend a festival or “feria.” Many years ago, as a young man, I went to see the bulls run at Pamplona. It was a cool July day; I did not realize that the Festival of San Fermin is like all Spanish festivals, it lasts a week. It was a real memory! One thing I remember most is how much alcohol was consumed by the Spaniards. That is as much of the tradition as running ahead of the bulls and probably much needed to go along with courage!

Festivals are held all over Spain for religious and many other reasons. In Southern Spain in Andalusia they have the Feria del Caballo (Jerez) and the Feria de Abril every spring. This Jerez region near Sevilla produces the world’s sherry so it is not surprising that sherry is the drink of these festivals. They are about the horses, cattle, costumes, traditions, and sherry!

The continuous toasting and the hot temperatures demand a thirst quenching drink and one that allows you to have more than one! Thus, the Rebujito – a Refreshing Sherry Cocktail!

Use a Quality Sherry!

Three Simple Ingredients

There are many different recipes for the Rebujito. Traditionally, it was simply sherry mixed with lemonade and with a garnish of lemon. Today, mint seems to be paired most often with a Rebujito. We think it adds a cool refreshing flavor. Instead of lemonade we use diet lemon-lime soda. That is how we cut the carbs. If you have time to allow the fresh mint leaves to infuse into the sherry that would be best. If you need to have a quick refreshing glass you can also add a couple drops of mint extract without having an impact on the carb count.

So, there it is! One part sherry, two parts diet lemon-lime soda, and a few mint leaves. Just stir and enjoy.

Most recipes calls for a lighter nuttier sherry like a Fino or Manzanilla and they would be less bitter. We used a stronger more aged Amontillado for our Rebujito and loved the taste. This does break from tradition. If you are an expert on sherry, forgive us, and use the lighter varieties. Ether way, you will have an excellent refreshing drink.

We also serve ours without ice since the lemon-lime mixer is cold and the ice will only water down the drink.

The Lemon-Lime Mixer is Refreshing!

We paired our Rebujito with our Langostino Cobb Salad and it was superb! Try it with any seafood dish, chicken, or a paella made with cauliflower rice. Or if you live in a climate similar to the South of Spain (we do), have this refreshing cocktail any time – it is Tasty Low Carb!

Rebujito - A Refreshing Sherry Cocktail

Three simple ingredients - a quick, low carb, and delicious Sherry cocktail for hot summer days!

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Course Drinks
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 74 kcal
Author Joan and Chris

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Sherry
  • 4 ounces Lemon-lime soda diet and cold
  • 3 sprigs Mint leaves

Instructions

  1. Combine the sherry and diet lemon-lime soda in a glass. Drop in a few mint leaves and stir.

Recipe Notes

To add more of a mint taste you can use a couple drops of mint extract.

Nutrition Facts
Rebujito - A Refreshing Sherry Cocktail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 74
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 61mg 3%
Potassium 203mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0.2g 0%
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 1%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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