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Fizzy Rebujito Cocktail Recipe from Spain

It doesn’t matter what time of day you are reading this article, it’s 5 pm somewhere so it’s more than allowed to prepare a good Spanish cocktail.

Although there isn’t a unique guide on how to drink sherry, we can assure you that it is a wine that tastes very good when mixed with other ingredients, and that is where the famous cocktail called rebujito arises.

This drink is so easy to do that it only takes 5 minutes, and the best part is that you don’t have to be a wine connoisseur or an expert bartender to make it at home.

3 glasses of rebujito, a Spanish cocktail with sherry wine and lemon soda. Fizzy Rebujito Cocktail Recipe from A Local

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Background of the Dish

2 glasses of rebujito cocktail on a wooden plate

In the south of Spain there is always a fight about which is the best sherry to drink, but many people forget what really matters: there are hundreds of cocktails that you can make with that wine.

In this article, we will talk about the rebujito, a drink whose main ingredients are lemon soda, sherry wine, and peppermint.

It is a typical drink of the Andalusian fairs in April, as well as the pilgrimages since it is perfect to cool you down and despite being an alcoholic drink it does not upset your stomach (so you end up fresh and light).

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glasses with rebujito drink decorated with mint. On top it's written Delicious Rebujito cocktail.

Things You’ll Need for Rebujito

To make this sherry cocktail you only need 3 key ingredients: sherry wine, lemon soda, and peppermint leaves.

However, there are several changes you can make so don’t worry if you miss or don’t get one of them.

Unlike other fino sherry cocktails, for this one you don’t need a shaker or any kind of equipment, a glass pitcher is all you need.

a glass of white wine and a glass of Sprite on a kitchen table for rebujito.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) sherry wine (or chamomile or white wine)
  • 2 1/2 cups (600 ml) lemon-flavored soda (7 up, Sprite, etc.)
  • Ice cubes (amount to taste)
  • Peppermint leaves

How to Make Rebujito- Step by Step Guide

mixing white wine, Sprite and mint leaves in a glass pitcher for the rebujito cocktail
  1. To start making this Spanish drink recipe you have to grab a cold glass pitcher. This will guarantee that the drink is as cold as possible, you can take the pitcher and glass glasses to the refrigerator 30 minutes before making the drink to guarantee the cold.
  1. Up next to make this sherry drink you have to put the sherry wine in the glass pitcher. In case you don’t have it, you can replace it with white wine or chamomile wine.
  1. Now add the lemon-flavored soda (7up, Sprite, or any brand you like). You can replace it with a different flavor soda, or a more neutral one like a tonic, but the classic one is lemon. 
  1. After that, add a few ice cubes and stir so they dissolve just a little. If you don’t want your Spanish wine drink to be too watery you have to be careful at this step. Also put in the peppermint leaves (a handful is ideal, but it is to taste).
  1. Now you just have to serve the Spanish drink in glasses, you can add more ice if necessary or decorate with peppermint leaves. You will have 4 glasses of rebujito with this recipe.

Substitution of Ingredients

a rebujito cocktail with lemon and mint on a bar table.

While you only need sherry wine, lemon-flavored soda, and peppermint to make this rebujito, there are a few changes you can make.

For example, instead of sherry wine you can do it like other Spanish cocktails and use white wine or manzanilla wine (depending on the brand it can have a very similar flavor profile to sherry).

The peppermint can be substituted for mint or removed entirely, though it is a distinctive flavor of this drink. You can also add a slice or two of lemon or lime for a bit of tanginess.

Among other sherry recipes, several Spanish drinks stand out that have coconut as their main ingredient, since its flavor goes very well with wine.

It can be milk or coconut water, even if you get some coconut-flavored soda, and it will serve as a replacement for the lemon-flavored soda, though the flavor profile is completely different from the old Spanish cocktail.

Tips on Serving Rebujito

a glass of rebuijito decorated with mint

To serve these cocktails with sherry you will need normal glasses, better if they are wide with a capacity of 200/250ml (standard). In case they are smaller, then it will reach you for 6.

You can serve the rebujitos just as the recipe says, or go a step further and make it more sophisticated.

If you want to take it to another level, you can get the top edge of the glass with lemon juice and cover it with sugar to decorate.

Another way to decorate or elevate this little box is to put lemon slices inside.

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How to Store Rebujito

How to Store Rebujito. An open fridge with various vegetables and fruits in plastic containers.

Like other Spanish alcoholic drinks, the rebujito is not intended to be stored, it must be taken at the moment.

You could keep it in the fridge for a couple of minutes (1 hour maximum) before taking it.

If you keep the rebojitos in the fridge for a longer time then the soda will lose all the gas, and the peppermint flavor will not be fresh.

That is why it is always recommended that when making sherry cocktails, both the jug and the glasses to serve it are cold.

Recipe Card: Rebujito

Yield: 4

Rebujito Cocktail Recipe

3 glasses of rebujito, a spanish cocktail with sherry wine and lemon soda

It doesn't matter what time of day you are reading this article, it's 5 pm somewhere so it's more than allowed to prepare a good Spanish cocktail.

Although there isn't a unique guide on how to drink sherry, we can assure you that it is a wine that tastes very good when mixed with other ingredients.

That is where the famous cocktail called rebujito arises.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 seconds
Total Time 5 minutes 6 seconds

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) sherry wine (or chamomile or white wine)
  • 2 1/2 cups (600 ml) lemon-flavored soda (7 up, Sprite, etc.)
  • Ice cubes (amount to taste)
  • Peppermint leaves

Instructions

  1. Grab a cold glass pitcher (or take it to the fridge). This will guarantee that the drink is as cold as possible, you can take the pitcher and glass glasses to the refrigerator 30 minutes before making the drink to guarantee the cold.
  2. Put in the sherry wine. In case you don't have it, you can replace it with white wine or chamomile wine.
  3. Add the lemon-flavored soda (7up, Sprite or any brand you like). You can replace it with a different flavor soda, or a more neutral one like a tonic, but the classic one is lemon.
  4. Add a few ice cubes and stir so they dissolve just a little. Also put in the peppermint leaves (a handful is ideal, but it is to taste).
  5. Serve the drink in glasses, you can add more ice if necessary or decorate with peppermint leaves. You will have 4 glasses of rebujito with this recipe.

Notes

This is a Spanish alcohol drink and with these indicated measures you will feel the flavor of alcohol, but it will not be overpowering. You can use more or less depending on your taste.

Some virgin Spanish cocktails can be of use in case you don’t want to drink alcohol.

If you want to transform the rebujito into a virgin cocktail (or mocktail) just avoid using wine but add lemon wedges in addition to the soda (for extra flavor).

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 192Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 35mgCarbohydrates 35.7gFiber 0gSugar 34.5gProtein 0g

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