Cider cocktail

Merry, merry: Classic, bubbly and sweet, this cava cocktail’s a crowd-pleaser. Photo by Bill Rhodes

Want a bubbly cocktail that won't pack too much of a wallop and has a local focus? Parris Benight of 5 Walnut Wine Bar recommends making cava-cider cocktail, an easy-to-throw-together drink that 5 Walnut sometimes serves on Sundays.

"It's half cava (sparkling wine from Spain), half-pear cider, which has alcohol in it, and just a splash of local apple cider. We've been garnishing it with a slice of apple and a cinnamon stick. That's the perfect kickoff to any party. It's kind of like a mulled cider, but fruitier, more refreshing, easy-drinking — it's absolutely delicious."

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