I don’t know what it’s like where you guys are, but here in NYC it’s about ninety-way-too-freaking-sticky degrees, which IMHO means that Cocktail O’Clock is allowed to start before noon on this particular Friday.
Here’s a refreshing drink that’s tailor-made for these hot summer days. A spin on classic sangria, this recipe subs in Cava for white wine — a neat trick that adds a little fizz, without requiring too much of a spend, as the light Spanish bubbles are an excellent and affordable sub-in for Champagne.
Sparkling Summer Sangria
· 1/2 oz. simple syrup
· 1 orange quarter
· 1 lime quarter
· 1/2 oz. orange liqueur
· 1/2 oz. Spanish brandy
· 3-4 oz. Freixenet Carta Nevada Cava (chilled)
· 2 oz. lemon-lime soda (chilled)
· 1 maraschino cherry
Muddle fruit slices in a shaker cup with simple syrup.
Add liqueur and brandy with ice.
Shake, then strain into a cocktail glass.
Add soda and top off with Cava.
Drop in cherry or secure to an orange wedge using a toothpick, to decorate the rim of each glass.
Alternatively, multiply everything by 5 (our favorite rule!) and put it all together in a pitcher.