I hope everyone is busy planning their Mother’s Day festivities! Whether your the lady being celebrated, or are lucky enough to be celebrating with your mom this year – I think there’s one thing most ladies in your life could use: a lovely cocktail that includes lots of fresh berries this Mother’s Day! One of my favorite wines to drink in the summer months are Moscatos – and I’ve been seeing more and more of them pop up on the shelves these days. They are light and fruity, and if they’re good - not to sweet.
One of my favorites is Bello Boy, a Moscato infused with rose petals to give it a distinct flavor, and a gorgeous shade of rose. It’s delicious, light & complex at the same time. The man behind it is Jaime Laurita, a well-known chef who’s worked with many notable people and artists in his culinary career. Incidentally, he also happens to be of the Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Laurita crew, which I’ve made no secret is a guilty pleasure. He’s got a couple bubbly wines under his label now, as well as some other wonderful Italian products – top notch olive oils and dried pastas to name a few.
The sangria comes together in a snap, and just gets better as it sits and the flavors mingle. I went with a berry theme – choosing strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. But really, any combo of fruit would be wonderful. Looking forward to fresh peaches from the orchard down the street, they’ll be a wonderful addition.
And to celebrate Mother’s Day, I thought it would be fun to have a giveaway! For the past couple months or so, I’ve totally been crushing on the folks over at Hen House Linens. They’re based right here in Maryland, and their selection of fun, colorful prints is out of this world. Any fellow food bloggers will know what I mean when I say “kid in a candy store”. They’ve been so kind to offer an adorable cocktail apron to one lucky winner. All you need to do is comment below answering the question: What are your plans for this Mother’s Day weekend? I’m looking forward to spending time with all my guys. And on Sunday, our first taste of crabs for the year at The Red Roost with my parents. It’s become our Mother’s Day tradition. You have to take a 2-car ferry to get there – the boys just love it, and so do we!Want a couple of extra entries?:
Contest will end Thursday, May 16 2012 @ 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be selected using a random number generator. Congratulations to Entrant #2 – Diana. Thanks so much for entering, everyone!
Pink Moscato Sangria
1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
1 (750 ml) bottle Pink Moscato wine
1/2 cup Grand Marnier (or orange liqueur)
1 cup sparkling water
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
fresh mint, for garnish
In a large pitcher combine berries, wine, orange liqueur, sparking water, lemon juice, and lime juice . Stir to combine. Chill for 1 hour to let flavors mingle. Serve in ice filled wine glasses with a sprig of mint for garnish.
Disclaimer: I received Bello Boy Moscato and Hen House linens to review at no cost. As always, all opinions are my own.