Cava is a type of sparkling wine manufactured in Spain and produced mainly in Catalonia. The very name of the Spanish sparkling wine – Cava – emphasizes the fact that this is not an imitation of French champagne, but a special type of Catalan sparkling wine produced in a particular region from certain varieties of grapes. The most well-known manufacturers of Cava are Codorníu and Freixenet.
Cava Freixenet is recognized as Number One Sparkling Wine in the World. This Cava has a mild, fresh flavor with floral and fruity notes. Unlike champagne, even the most expensive vintage Cava should be drunk after purchase as soon as possible. This wine loses its properties outside the cellar. It’s such a delicate drink!
Let us share with you the most interesting recipes based on Cava:
Agua de Valencia
Valencia is a true orange paradise and, of course, the menu of local people is full of food and drinks based on oranges. Initially, Agua de Valencia consists of orange juice and Cava Spanish sparkling wine. But there are still lots of modern recipes for this cocktail, and here’s one of them:
- 300 grams of orange juice (about 5 medium oranges)
- 150 grams of Cointreau orange liqueur
- 150 grams of gin
- 500 grams of Cava dry sparkling wine
You can also add sugar syrup and ice.
Take a half-liter jar; fill it with ice, juice, liqueur, gin, add sparkling wine (for example, Cava Freixenet); stir well. Add orange slices for decoration.
- Red Cava wine – 1 bottle (0.7 liters)
- Water – 0.7 liters
- Sugar (fructose) – 2 tablespoons
- Fruits: orange, ½ lemon, apple, 2 tangerines, ½ lime
Mix wine and water in a jug. Add sugar and stir well. Cut fruits into slices and add to the jug. Then put the drink in the fridge for a few hours. Add ice and it’s ready to drink!
- Red Cava wine – 1 liter
- Gin (or vodka) – 100 ml
- Lemon juice – 300 ml
- Sugar – 100 grams
- Cinnamon – to your taste;
- Fruits (to your taste): ½ kg of peaches, apples, bananas, melons and grapes.
Slice the fruits, cover them with wine, add gin or vodka, lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon. Put in the refrigerator, then add ice and it’s ready to serve.
- Cava – 50 ml
- Fresh raspberries – 30 g
- Fresh strawberries – 30 g
- Lime – ½ pc.
- Basil – 5 g
- Ginger – 5 g
Peel ginger. Put raspberries and strawberries in the shaker, add peeled ginger and a few leaves of green basil. Squeeze the juice of half a lime, pour Cava. Fill the shaker with ice cubes and carefully mix. Pour cocktail through the strainer into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with strawberries and raspberries.