El Mata Paso Doble – A Champagne & Mango Cocktail

El Mata Paso Doble Wine Cocktail

El Mata Paso Doble Wine Cocktail

This drink was inspired by famous soccer player, Juan Mata, and dance, Paso Doble, of Spain.  Juan Mata is a very strategic, accurate player, and brings intensity to the game when needed.  The Paso Doble is a quick style of dance modeling drama and movement of Spanish bullfighting.  Both bring the suspense and drama to its spectators, and bring a refreshing and lively style of art.  The refreshing aspect of these two is brought through the mint and mango in the cocktail.  The intensity and drama of Spanish culture is shown through the hot sauce.

El Mata Paso Doble is a cool, refreshing cocktail perfect for brunch.  It can also be served at mixers, derbies, and day parties with friends.  It is similar to a Mango Bellini, but kicks it up a notch with some unique ingredients added to turn it into a Spanish themed cocktail.

History and Background

The Cava grape is a delicate aromatic white grape with tones of green apple and pear, with light hints of Mediterranean fruits.  It is a refreshing style made from a blend of the three traditional, Parellada, Macabeo, and Xarel-lo.  Josep Raventos’s visit to Champagne sparked an interest in him and led him to pursue in the making of a Spanish wine, using the same traditional method.  The traditional method is when the effervescence is produced by secondary fermentation in the bottle.  The first of these was created in 1872 after the Penedes vineyards were devastated by a plague and red vines were replaced by white vines.

Sant Sadurni d’Anoia is the home to many of Spain’s largest production houses of Cava.  Freixenet is one of the two major producers.  Freixenet is a light, modern Cava with fruity characters.  It has a fine, persistent and abundant sparkle creating a refreshing style.  Cava is a very important part of Spanish family tradition and culture.  It is consumed at many of their biggest, and happiest celebrations like marriages and baptisms.

Ingredients for One Serving

  • 2 ounces Mango Juice
  • 1 ounce Lime Juice
  • Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Sparkling Wine
  • 1 ounce Ginger Ale
  • ½ tsp of Tapatio hot sauce (optional)
  • Branch of Mint leaves

Recipe

Add ½ tsp of Tapatio hot sauce or hot sauce of choice to the bottom of the glass.  Pour mango juice, lime juice, and ginger ale into the glass next.  Stir the current ingredients and add the mint branch.  Top off with Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Sparkling Wine.  Stir once again and enjoy.

Youtube Video on How to Make This Wine Cocktail

Contributed by G. Aguirre & C. Gutierrez

 

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