To follow up the starter that I featured for last week’s “Freixenet Friday”, I have made a cocktail for you to enjoy. Freixenet sent me a bottle of their cordon Negro so I eagerly looked through their recipes that included it and ‘got to work’.
Playing off the citrus notes in the Scallop Salad, I decided to make the Agua de Valencia. I loved this cocktail! It is like a mimosa but more refreshing because of the triple sec and simple syrup. The simple syrup adds an extra kick of sweetness but the triple sec is what really elevates this from just a simple mimosa. The extra layer of orange flavor adds to the fresh juice of the orange. Using the Cordon Negro Brut for this cocktail adds more fruit notes as it has “fine, delicate aromas, combining tones of green apple and pear, with light resonances of Mediterranean fruits- peach, melon, and pineapple - over a base of citrus”.
You can check out other Freixenet recipes by checking out their website. I love the holiday ones… I think I’ll be making one of those next!
Agua de Valencia
- 4 parts Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut
- 1 part fresh orange juice
- 3/4 oz. Cointreau (or substitute with triple sec)
- 3/4 oz. simple syrup
- Combine the juice, Cointreau, and simple syrup in a shaker glass.
- Shake and pour into a chilled flute.
- Top with chilled cava and then you can garnish with an orange twist.
- 1 bottle Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut
- 32 oz. fresh orange juice
- 2 jiggers Cointreau
- 2 jiggers simple syrup
- Combine the juice, Cointreau, and syrup in a large pitcher that is 1/3 full with ice.
- Then fill with the bottle of cava, stir gently, and keep chilled until ready to serve.
- Pour into highball glasses with orange slices for garnish.
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Discover & Share Segura Sweepstakes
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Segura Viudas, Spain’s artisan cava and the sparkling wine world’s best kept secret, is announcing its Discover & Share Sweepstakes. An engaging way to learn more about Segura sparkling wine and share the discovery with friends, the online contest offers several opportunities for entry and the chance to win a wine tasting weekend for two to Sonoma Valley, California.
To enter the contest, visit the Discover & Share Sweepstakes link on the Segura website or their Facebook page and complete any of the Discover & Share challenges, such as answering questions about cava, uploading photos of toasting with friends, “liking” the Segura fan page, or sharing the sweepstakes. Complete all the challenges and earn up to 10 entries to increase your chances of winning. A random drawing from all entries on December 18, 2011 will decide the winner, who will receive a weekend getaway for two to Sonoma valued at $2,500, including round trip airfare, hotel accommodations, a $250 AmEx gift card, and a VIP tour and tasting at Gloria Ferrer Sparkling Caves & Vineyards, a Segura sister winery. Read the Official Rules for complete details.
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