The Moscato d’Asti is a sweet white wine made from the Moscato Bianco grape, and produced in the province of Asti, Piedmont Italy.
This wine is sweet, slightly fizzy and low in alcohol due to the winemaking process that includes an halt to the fermentation process, leaving part of the natural sugars n the wine. Thus it is considered a perfect dessert wine. It is a good pairing with fruit or hazelnut dessers, but it’s good as aperitif too, due to its low alcohol and sweetness.
Thanks to the wonderful cocktail bar and restaurant Vesper, and their expert Bar Manager, Colin Tait, we had some tips on how using the Moscato d’Asti from Famiglia Otto Destefanis for cocktails. (You can find this wonderful sweet wine in our Wine Shop.
Here there are the recipes for you!
The Piedmontese Cocktail
Named after the Piedmont region in Italy, where the Moscato d’Asti and Carpano Antica Formula are from.
20ml Antica Formula
1 Bar spoon Apricot Liquer
Shake all the ingredients in the cocktail shaker, and strain over a crushed ice filled julep mug.
The Colombo Cocktail
Named after Christopher Columbus without whom it would not be possible to make this cocktail that marries ingredients from Italy (Moscato), Spain (Tio Pepe Sherry) and Mexico (Blanco Tequila).
45ml Tio Pepe Sherry
5ml Cinnamon Syrup
15ml Blanco Tequila
Shake all ingredients in the cocktail shaker, and strain over ice filled rocks glass. Garnish the cocktail with cinnamon stick.
The Caterina Cocktail
Named after Caterina de’ Medici of the powerful Medici family of Florence who would later become Queen and Regent of France in the 16th century.
1 Dash Bobs Chocolate bitters
Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with apple fan.
The Moscardini Cocktail
Named after Giovanni Moscardini, a Scottish footballer of Italian descent who played for the Italian National Football team as a striker between 1921–1925.
35ml Great King Street Compass Box Scotch Whisky
20ml Lemon Juice
10ml Simple Syrup
1 Dash Grapefruit Bitters
First, muddle the strawberry in the cocktail shaker, followed by all other ingredients into the shaker. Shake and double strain into a coupe. Garnish with half a strawberry.
Now try to get the best out of your Moscato!