When Mirassou reached out about a Mother’s Day post, I knew it would be a perfect fit. The company’s bright yellow, sun-emblazoned label not only identifies their various wine offerings, but also serves as a pretty addition to your tabletop décor.
Cooking and eating together as a family has always been a huge part of my life. A fun part of growing up has been not only becoming friends with my mom, but also giving back through food what she always gave to me – delicious and unforgettable memories of our time together around the table.
What better way to celebrate the mom(s) in your life than preparing and sitting down to a home-cooked meal with perfectly paired cocktails and wines?
For the Mirassou Moscato, I knew I wanted to make some sort of bright, light cocktail. I’m not a huge sweet wine drinker, so using this in a cocktail was the perfect way to capitalize on the wine’s natural sweetness while also taking advantage of its light, fruity flavor. The herbal, bitter and tart flavors of the gin, Amaro Abano and lemon juice cut down on the sweetness while creating a refreshing (and deceptively strong!) drink.
Mother’s Day Moscato Cocktail
1 to 1.5 ounces gin
1/2 ounce Amaro Abano
1/2 ounce lemon juice
Combine the gin, Amaro Abano and lemon juice in a glass, then add a handful of ice. Stir to chill, then top off with Mirassou Moscato to taste.
Since Mother’s Day falls at the beginning of May, it’s the perfect time to introduce lighter, seasonal ingredients back into your menu. A grapefruit salad is the perfect way to start a meal with mom.
Grapefruit and Mint Salad
4 grapefruits – try to use both pink and red for color
2 tablespoons local honey
6 large mint leaves
Segment each grapefruit over a large bowl (if you’re not familiar with how this is done, I like this tutorial!) allowing the juices and segments to fall into the bowl. Squeeze and discard the membranes. Drizzle the grapefruit with honey, then top with chiffonaded mint leaves.
For one of our sides, I knew I wanted to use these beautiful carrots we found at the farmers market. To complement their natural sweetness, I decided to glaze them with brown sugar and Moroccan spices for a hint of heat. These carrots paired amazingly with both the Mirassou Chardonnay and the Mirassou Sunset Red.
Moroccan Glazed Carrots
3/4 to 1 pound carrots
2-3 tablespoons Moroccan spice mix*
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
salt and pepper
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Thoroughly wash and dry carrots, then halve lengthwise. Toss them in a large bowl with the spice mix, brown sugar, oil, salt and pepper. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, then add the carrots, tossing until the brown sugar begins to melt and coat the carrots. Once bubbling, place the carrots in the oven for 10 minutes – just long enough to soften them while maintaining a nice crunch on the inside.
*I used a homemade spice blend, but you can find them pre-made in specialty stores. If you want to make your own, this one is pretty close to mine.
My mom’s favorite food is potatoes. She likes but doesn’t crave pasta, or bread, or even sweets. But one thing she does crave? Savory, hearty potato dishes to warm her German soul. If your mom is the same way, or if she loves cheese, absolutely add this to your menu! The thyme truly makes the dish, but the flaky crust, cheesy caramelized onions and melt-in-your-mouth potatoes don’t hurt either! ;)
For my Rustic Potato and Caramelized Onion Tart, I followed this recipe from Foodess with the exception of two things: 1) substituted the sage with fresh thyme and 2) used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
Another great thing about this recipe – and menu really, with the exception of the ham – is that it’s very vegetarian friendly. Jeff’s grandparents came over to help us eat this amazing meal and his grandmother, who is a vegetarian, went for seconds and even snuck in one extra bite of this tart as we were cleaning up! The Mirassou Pinot Noir is excellent with this rich dish.
Even though you may have just had ham for Easter, it really is the perfect main course for your Mother’s Day meal. It’s easy to prepare ahead of time and doesn’t take much tending to. Not to mention, it’s equally as delicious hot out of the oven as it is once it has cooled down. I followed a recipe (which includes detailed instructions and photos!) from The Kitchn.
Perfectly sweet and salty, the ham is great with a glass of Mirassou Pinot Noir. It also went well with the sweet and tangy Mirassou Moscato cocktail and yes, I know this because we couldn’t keep our hands off the ham as we sipped our cocktails and finished up preparing the rest of the meal!
No matter what you make for Mother’s Day, Mirassou’s iconic label and nine distinct varietals will help make entertaining a bit easier, allowing you to focus on showing your mom just how much you care!
Mirassou wines are available across the U.S. – you can find a retailer near you here. If you’re looking for more recipe pairing ideas, visit the Mirassou website where David Mirassou (a sixth-generation family member and wine expert) continues his family’s legacy sharing his love of wine and food.
Of course, our Mother’s Day meal would not have been complete without a delicious, show-stopping dessert! Check back for the recipe for this chocolate and coconut buttercream cake later this week!
Happy early Mother’s Day, all!