My family adores - and I mean, adores - fizzy wine. But being good hardworking souls, we only ever see Champagne in my parents' house at Christmas, or for particularly special birthdays, so the rest of the time it's cava.
For wind-down drinks on a Friday (or Thursday, Saturday or Sunday - my GCSE photography project was genuinely about my parents' cocktail hour), nothing beats the mimosa's even simpler cousin, Bucks Fizz, if only because it keeps you vaguely sober for longer so you can at least cook supper without falling into the stove.
Our tried and tested favourite cava used to be Somerfield, until Somerfield went AWOL off the high street, now it's Tesco's Brut Cava. Do not be fooled by Waitrose, Sainbury's or Asda, Tesco's cava is the nuts. My wine guru boyfriend, never knowingly under-Champagned, has gone on record several times to say it's easily as good as some Champagnes. It's also a complete bargain at £4.49 and is frequently on offer too.
Bucks Fizz - makes enough for a family of thirsty Browns
- Orange juice
- Bottle of Tesco's Cava
Serve in the garden (window ledge, in my flat's case) with sunshine, bowls of pretzels, nuts and a sneaky fag.
Bucks Fizz picture taken from sparkovonovinski's Flickr stream and used under Creative Commons license