Monday, 3 February 2014

Pre-drinks with Gallo Moscato and Spiced Orange Punch Recipe

If you follow me on twitter and instagram, then you'll know that on Saturday night I ventured out on the town with some friends to celebrate a birthday. I don't often go out but when I do I like to make sure I drink something that I actually enjoy; I had some pre-drinks at my friend Rebecca's house and I decided to take a bottle of Gallo Moscato. I usually wouldn't drink white wine because most are too dry for me but Moscato is gorgeously sweet; more of a dessert wine which is much easier to drink than dry white wines such as Pinot Grigio. 

Gallo Moscato
Gallo Moscato* £6.99 all major retailers

I'm normally a rose wine kind of girl but Moscato is a really light, refreshing, sweet white wine with peach, citrus, pineapple and orange blossom. It's really palatable and doesn't have a really strong alcohol content (8.5%) making it ideal to try if you're not normally a wine kind of person. You can even use it to make a warming Spiced Orange Blossom Punch to help keep you warm during these chilly winter/spring evenings:

What you need:
2 bottles oGallo Family Vineyards Moscato
Half a lemon, half an orange & 4 kumquats
1 tablespoon of honey
2 tablespoons of orange blossom water
80g sugar
6 whole allspice
2 cinnamon sticks
Twist of orange zest and physalis

Thinly slice the lemon, orange and kumquats, discarding any seeds. Quarter the orange slices.
Put the fruit into a pan and add honey, sugar, orange blossom and allspice. 
With a knife, cut the cinnamon sticks lengthwise into thinner strips & add to the pan.
Add two cups of water to the pan, bring to boil over high heat then reduce heat and simmer gently for 5 minutes
Pour both bottles of Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato into the hot citrus base and heat until steaming for about 8 minutes
Pour into martini glasses with a twist of orange zest and a physalis for garnish.

Moscato would definitely be my number one choice of white wine, what is your favourite wine?


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