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Cava Sangria

Published by: Kathy

  • May
  • 31

Up until six months ago, I had never heard of “cava”.

One day, while snooping through Facebook, I noticed a friend’s post… She said that she and her husband were just chilling out with a bottle of cava.  I consider myself to be a fountain of knowledge when it comes to alcholic beverages (no comments, please), but “cava” was not something I was familiar with.  I put the new word I had discovered on a shelf in my brain, until I came across it again only a few weeks later.  At Sam’s Club, there was a liquor vendor sampling…guess what?  CAVA!  It was approaching New Year’s Eve and she was pushing her Cava, to ring in the New Year.  Apparently cava is Spain’s answer to champagne!  I never knew!  I tasted a small cup of the sparkling wine and it was delicious!  The vendor told me that if I didn’t want to drink it straight, it would make a very good sangria.  I was sold!  I bought two bottles at a very reasonable price an stuck them in the wine cooler. 

Surprisingly, I was able to find several sangria recipes using cava.  I wasn’t crazy about any one recipe, so I disected three recipes and took ingredients from each, to create my personal Cava Sangria.


  • 2  bottles Spanish cava, chilled
  • 1  c. white grape juice
  • ¾  c. simple syrup
  • ½  c. triple sec (orange liqueur)
  • ¼  c. brandy
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Ice cubes, for serving

Stir cava, grape juice, simple syrup, triple sec and brandy together in a large pitcher.  Drop in some sliced strawberries and raspberries, so that the fruit flavor will infuse into the sangria.  Serve over ice garnished with additional strawberries and raspberries.



2 Responses to Cava Sangria

    • Tina
    • 14 Jun, 2011
    • at 9:32 PM
    • Can I find the Cava elsewhere? This recipe is a must this weekend!

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      • admin
      • 15 Jun, 2011
      • at 7:22 AM
      • I bought it at Sam’s, but I’m sure any liquor store will have it.

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