In the vast and exciting tradition of drinks, there are few creations that can compete with the cheerful and refreshing cava sangria.
This drink is like an effervescent celebration in a glass, an explosion of flavors and bubbles that transports your senses to a sunny and carefree corner. If you are ready for a journey of flavor that takes you directly to the Mediterranean coast, I present to you the recipe for cava sangria. Prepare your glasses and get ready to toast with this summer delight.
Ingredients to Make Cava Sangria
1. Bottle of Cava (750 ml)
The star of our sangria, cava is a Spanish sparkling wine that brings bubbles and elegance to the mix. Look for a bottle of brut, dry or extra dry cava for the best results.
2. 1/2 cup of Orange Liqueur
Orange liqueur, like Cointreau, adds a citrus touch and subtle sweetness to sangria.
3. 1/4 cup of Sugar
The sugar will help balance the flavors and provide a mild sweetness. You can adjust the amount of sugar according to your personal preferences.
4. 1 Orange (sliced)
Fresh oranges will provide a citrus aroma and refreshing flavor. Plus, the orange slices floating in the sangria are visually stunning.
5. 1 Lemon (sliced)
The lemon will provide an acidic touch and a fresh fragrance that perfectly complements the other ingredients.
6. 1 Apple (sliced)
The apple adds a mild flavor and crunchy texture to the sangria. Choose a green or red apple depending on your preference.
7. 1/2 cup of Raspberries (optional)
Raspberries add a touch of freshness and vibrant color to the sangria. Feel free to experiment with other seasonal fruits.
Brandy is a delicious and aromatic addition that can give an extra touch of complexity and warmth to your cava sangria .
Ice is essential to keep sangria cold and refreshing. Add ice cubes when serving.
10. Mint Leaves (to decorate, optional)
Fresh mint leaves are an aromatic and elegant finishing touch that enhances the presentation of the sangria.
How to Make Cava Sangria Step by Step
Now that you have all the ingredients ready, it’s time to delve into creating this exquisite cava sangria. Follow these simple steps and you will be toasting in no time:
Step 1: Fruit Preparation
Wash and rinse the orange, lemon and apple under cold water. Then cut them into thin slices. If you decide to use raspberries, be sure to wash and drain them.
Step 2: Mix Sugar and Liquor
In a large jug, pour the orange liqueur and add the sugar. Stir well so that the sugar completely dissolves in the liquor.
Step 3: Add the Fruits
Add the orange, lemon and apple slices to the pitcher with the sugar and liqueur mixture. You can also add the raspberries at this point, if you are using them.
Step 4: Maceration
Let the fruits marinate in the sugar and liquor mixture for about 15-20 minutes. This step allows the fruits to release their flavors and aromas.
Step 5: Add the Cava
Once the fruits have macerated, it’s time to spice up the sangria. Slowly pour the bottle of cava over the fruits in the jug. The foam and bubbles will add a magical touch to the mixture.
Step 6: Stir Carefully
Using a long-handled spoon, gently stir the sangria to combine all the ingredients without crushing the cava bubbles. Make sure to mix well so that the sugar and liquor are evenly distributed.
Step 7: Add Ice
Add ice cubes to serving glasses before pouring the sangria. This will keep the drink fresh and delicious.
Step 8: Serve and Decorate
Serve the cava sangria in wine glasses or tall glasses. Add a few slices of fruit from the jar to each glass for a lovely presentation. If you wish, add some fresh mint leaves as a garnish.
Ready! Your cava sangria is ready to be enjoyed. This drink is perfect to accompany light appetizers, seafood dishes or simply to toast on a sunny afternoon. Each sip is an explosion of flavor that will transport you to the Mediterranean coast, where life is calm and the laughter is endless. Health!