Although most of my Thirsty Thursday posts are recipes I came up with off the cuff, I was recently sent two bottles from Bodega Ruca Malen of 2016 Aimé Sweet Moscato for National Sangria Day on December 20th. Made in Mendoza with 100% Muscat de Alexandria and boasting a price tag of $8.99, there’s nothing here to turn white sangria lovers off. It’s citrusy, it’s sweet, and it’s easy enough to drink at any time of day. Some of you may have read about my previous superb experience with Ruca Malen, so I was totally on board with receiving this bottle. This new collection from them is the party version of the grown up wine I previously tried and while it seems geared a bit towards millennials, if you use it in sangria, both the young and young at heart are sure to enjoy it. I made a tester glass for myself on the 20th, but I saved a majority of the bottles for Christmas Day, so I could enjoy this mixture with my family as we opened gifts. So whether you’re celebrating a food holiday, a religious holiday, or you just want to celebrate a Thursday, this wine is perfect for sharing with people you appreciate. Check out the recipe below! I tweaked the one I was sent based on what I had on hand, and you should feel free to do so too. Sangria is not serious, so have some fun with it and let me know how yours turns out. I’m going to have to make a red one next!
Yield: Roughly 6 full glasses
2 bottles of 2016 Aimé Sweet Moscato
2 oz. of orange liqueur (we used Grand Imperial)
1/2 an orange, juiced
1 Granny Smith apple, cut into small pieces
1 ripe pear, cut into small pieces
1/2 an orange, cut into quarter chunks
1 cup of pomegranate seeds
handful of raspberries
1. Add the moscato, orange liqueur, and the orange juice to a large pitcher. Slowly add in fruits. Place in fridge overnight or for at a minimum of 3 hours. Find a glass, fill with ice, top with sangria, and enjoy. Pour some out for everyone.
These wines were kindly provided to me by the wineries/importers listed above, but all opinions are my own.