It's that time of year again, strawberries and their alluring scent are easing their way into farmers' markets. While there are different varieties of strawberries available, there's no question that the ones grown nearby (wherever you live) and freshly picked have a superior flavor. Capture the sweetness of red-all-the-way-through berries by making a quick simple syrup, perfect for pouring on pancakes or yogurt, or incorporating into a refreshing sangria.
Sangria is like a frame to show of the lovely forms and colors of fruit, with the added benefit of infusing those fruit slices with alcohol. It's a drink best made in big batches and enjoyed with a group of your favorite people. This version uses light, bubbly cava which brings a bright and energetic contrast to the sweetness of the strawberries and other sliced and muddled fruit. And since it's so light, it's just as at home on the table at brunch as it is at an evening get together.