Memorial Day is the true beginning of the summer season—at least for me and my friends and neighbors who live in the northeast (Massachusetts) section of America.
This year I decided to forget the beer and dedicate warm hot days to a new cocktail on the market—Mionetto’s ‘Il’ Ugo’, an Italian semi-sparkling cocktail made with elderberry (remember St. Germain) blossom and wildflowers mixed with Mionetto’s classic sparkling.
You don’t have to know how to make a cocktail to enjoy, possibly summer’s hottest drink. At under $12 a bottle, isn’t it time to consider my advice?
What I do is simple: I add six ice cubes to an 8 ounce glass, pour the ‘Il’ Ugo into the glass and garnish it with a sprig of mint (basil will do) and add a cut lime (if they are still too expensive, use a lemon) to the rim of the glass and serve.
Today is the first day I am going to serve Mionetto at a friends Memorial Day party. It’s a natural for BBQ, spicy food and the all American hot dog.
The drink was inspired by a cocktail (Hugo) that originated in the Alta Adige region of northern Italy, a region known for red wines and heavy foods. It may have been the real alternative for those who prefer a lighter aperitif.
The drink has hints of passion fruit and citrus with a somewhat grapey sweetness.
The bottle is a frosted with a lime green theme (think limes) and has 8% alcohol, light enough to suggest aperitif..
Philip S. Kampe