Don’t call it champagne! Cava, a fizzy Spanish wine, undergoes the same process as champagne but is so much more versatile. After years of being the butt of jokes, cava has finally arrived and with its range of flavors from sweet to dry, it's an ideal cocktail ingredient.
This holiday season surprise your guests by serving celebratory cava cocktails instead of the expected French bubbles. From sweet to herbal, cava can stand up to a host of flavor profiles, while adding a bit of that signature party fizz. For brunch, lunch, or dinner, these cocktails are ready to party. It’s time to pop open some bottles!
For the traditionalist: a classic champagne cocktail that uses cava! Bertil Jean-Chronberg, partner of The Beat Hotel & The Beehive, created this holiday cocktail with rum, cava, angostura bitters, and a sugar cube for a dry but refreshing drink that will match any style party you’re having this holiday season. The secret to this cocktail is to use dry and not sweet cava for a subtle taste.
This pale yellow-orange drink will add a touch of complexity to your holiday party. Serve it at a brunch or as happy hour cocktail. Chef Camilo Velasco of Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen in Winter Park, Florida preps this drink by freezing freshly squeezed grapefruit juice into ice cubes. Pour the cava over the ice cube and as the cubes dissolve, the flavor of the drink evolves, leaving you with hints of ginger and a mouth-puckering tartness.
The coolness and refreshing flavor of the cucumber in this drink balances the sweetness of the honey and dryness of the cava to make a cocktail you’ll want to serve all year long. Lead mixologist of Whisknladle Hospitality Adam Lockridge created the cucumber honey mimosa of cucumber water, simple syrup, and cava with celebratory toasting in mind, specifically at brunch. After all, brunch without a cocktail is just a sad little breakfast.
Cava is all this favorite drink of summer needs to make the transition to holiday cocktail. The Mojito Royale from Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is made with cava, rum, sorel liqueur, guarapo, lime juice, hierba buena, and a lime wedge. It’s a classic, refreshing mojito with a splash of cava for a bit of party fizz.
Caution, the Venus 75 is not the drink to end your holiday party with. From Toro Bravo, Portland’s Spanish inspired tapas restaurant, this delicious holiday drink is made with Bombay Sapphire gin, St. Germain, heirloom Venus grapes, lemon, and cava. It's a potent drink that's ready to fiesta.