CAO’s #MixUpAGoodTime is back with another crazy partner for a popular cigar. If you’re down to get tropical, you’ve got to check out the latest in the CAO social video drink pairing series that puts an Amazon Basin in one hand and a glass of sangria in the other.

Check out the video below and #MixUpAGoodTime for yourself by following along at home.

Amazon Basin X Sangria

Why Amazon Basin and Sangria?

While we usually wouldn’t serve up a fruity drink like this with….well….any cigar, the folks at CAO are actually on to something with this fantastic pairing. See, Amazon Basin uses Brazilian Braganca tobacco which is equally rare and delicious. This tropical tobacco is packed full of exotic fruity and earthy flavors that we typically recommend with a Pinot Noir or Single Malt Scotch in the Drink Pairings section for this cigar on our website. But the #MixUpAGoodTime recipe video takes things up a notch by adding fruit to that red wine and allowing it to soak overnight to bring out even more of the tropical fruit notes in the Amazon Basin when enjoyed with this sangria recipe. So, try it out yourself. Pick up a CAO Amazon Basin by visiting our Store Locator, then try out the recipe below to bring out even more flavor in what is already one of the industry’s most popular and flavorful cigars.

How to Make Your Own Sangria
Sangria is a broad category of drinks that involves mixing wines with various fruits, juices, and other liquors. There are endless sangria recipes, but we teamed up with CAO to get the nitty-gritty details on the specific recipe they use to pair with Amazon Basin.

For a pitcher of sangria, you’ll need:

  • 1 750ml bottle of Pinot Noir
  • 2 oz. Brandy
  • ½ cup of orange juice
  • ½ lime - sliced
  • ½ granny smith apple - diced
  • ½ medium-sized orange - sliced
  • ½ cup fresh raspberries - whole
  • ½ cup pineapple chunks


  1. Combined all ingredients into a large pitcher the evening before you want to try this pairing
  2. Let the drink sit overnight for the flavors to marry
  3. Pour into a cocktail glass filled with ice
  4. Spark up, and enjoy!

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What’s Your Favorite Pairing with a CAO Amazon Basin?

After being unavailable for a long time due to the rarity of the Braganca tobacco, Amazon Basin is back! What is your go-to drink with this exotic cigar?


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    (2 years ago)

    Can't wait to try!! 🍷