Aatxe Aperitivo (Sparkling Cava Cocktail)

Aatxe Aperitivo (Sparkling Cava Cocktail)Recipe

Photo: Thomas J. Story

Morgan Schick of San Francisco's Bon Vivants cocktail consultants created this cocktail for Aatxe ("Ah-chay") restaurant, also in San Francisco. A twist on the classic Champagne cocktail, it's made with cava (Spanish sparkling wine) and pacharán liqueur. Pacharán (spelled "patxaran" in the Basque language) is similar to sloe gin--both are made from sloe berries, the dime-size fruit of the blackthorn shrub--but it's less sweet, and is usually made with anise liqueur rather than gin.

Makes 1 drink


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1 sugar cube
10 dashes Peychaud's bitters
1 ounce (2 tbsp.) Pacharán or sloe gin*
1 orange
About 6 oz. brut cava (Spanish sparkling wine) or Prosecco


Total: 5 Minutes

Drop sugar cube into a champagne flute. Shake bitters onto sugar and pour in pacharán. Cut a wide strip of orange zest from an orange with a vegetable peeler and twist it to release its oils. Drop into glass, then fill with cava.

*Order pacharan, also spelled patxaran, from winedelight.com. Sloe gin is widely available in liquor stores, but Schick particularly likes the sloe gin from Spirit Works Distillery, in Sebastopol, CA.

Created date

October 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 216
Caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
Protein 0.0 g
Fat 0.0 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Carbohydrate 4.7 g
Fiber 0.0 g
Sodium 1 mg
Cholesterol 0.0 mg