Wine is a funny thing. The drinking of wine, the culture of wine, the idiosyncrasies and etiquette of wine drinking can be daunting. The sheer number of wines to choose nowadays is overwhelming! Today however, It doesn’t have to be, especially when serving a crowd.
Last May, Bodega Ruca Malen launched Aimé Ruca Malen, its first Lifestyle Wine Collection. Their inspiration was “to offer wines that bring real enjoyment, wines that are made to be savored and shared in the Argentine way.” Excellent!
So in walks an easy-going, sweet white wine called Aimé, made exclusively from the grape Muscat of Alexandria--which some believe to be one of the oldest genetically unmodified vines still in existence. The grapes are delicious on their own or made into the Aimé - crisp and sweet, perfect with salty cheeses, salad, or, for #NationalSangriaDay, the ultimate crowd-pleaser: Sangria.
When it comes to making drinks for a crowd, I’m quite pragmatic. That being said, I get a quirky little kick out of concocting some cool flavours. I opened the fridge, peered inside, and out comes the makings of a fabulous drink. Here’s what I used:
Aimé Ruca Malen Moscato
Basil simple syrup
Fresh, semi-frozen, pineapple slices
Neutral spirit / pepper-infused spirit
Squeezes of fresh orange
Puree the pineapple with basil sprigs, adding some spirit to loosen if too frozen. Pour into large pitcher. Add Aimé to the blender and swirl to capture all the flecks of brilliant green basil, then add to the pitcher. Add enough basil simple syrup to your liking. Pour into a glass, add a few squeezes of fresh orange, then top with sliced orange, apple, pineapple and basil. Add a pinch of flake salt for a little savoury twist, then it's welcome to #NationalSangriaDay!
I”m not a big fan of adding extra sugar to sangria or any cocktails for that matter, so the Aimé Ruca Malen 100% Moscato, delicious on its own, is delicately sweet and a touch herbal, giving the right amount of sugar to balance added ingredients.