May 9th is National Moscato Day! A day when most of us find ourselves asking "What do you do with that bottle of moscato?" Moscato cocktail recipes for your summer Can you feel it? That instinctual urge to emerge from your winter hibernation, to step outside and bask in the sun. Sorry Ned Stark but you’re wrong - Summer is coming! It’s time to start enjoying what mother Earth has to offer. A relaxing day at the beach, a cool picnic underneath a willow tree, laying out in the grass taking in the stars. All of these sound like good ways to spend your summer hours but they’re all missing that key ingredient: a tall glass of the fresh and vibrant Italian import, Moscato wine. While moscatos are wonderful on their own, the mild fruit forward flavor, slight sweetness, and fresh often effervescent mouthfeel of these wines means they also work beautifully as a cocktail ingredient. So how do you mix it to get the full experience from this bottle of sunshine? Here are a couple of Moscato cocktail recipes to try out this summer.
Summer Berry Sangria from One Sweet Mess
● 1 (750ml) bottle Red Moscato
● 1/2 cup framboise
● 1/2 cup blueberry vodka
● 3 cups mixed summer berries, fresh or frozen
● 2 cups club soda
1. Add berries to the bottom of a large pitcher. Add the moscato, framboise, and blueberry vodka; stir to combine.
2. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator to chill.
3. Top with club soda immediately before serving. Serve over ice
The French Kiss recipe from The Wine Bar
● 2.5oz White Moscato
● .75oz Vodka
● 3oz Blood Orange Soda
● 1 Lemon Wedge
Build in a glass over ice. Shake.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Squeeze Fresh Lemon on top.
Garnish with a lemon twist.
There you have it, two delicious treats to try out this summer. Be sure to drink responsibly this summer and know the playground rules in each state before you travel by checking out The Field Guide to Drinking in America: A Traveler’s Handbook to State Liquor Laws by Niki Ganong.