This is my little sister Theresa. She is so stinkin’ cute.
She was in Texas last weekend for a visit. It was a pretty big deal, since it takes a good deal of time and money to travel from Michigan to Texas. I was excited for her visit, eager to show her a good time and indulge her in some Texas-style hospitality.
We had a really lovely visit, with lots of walks and homecooked meals and even some time spent lounging by the pool. Some of my friends came over on Saturday for a Mary Kay party, after which we drank wine and nibbled on some appetizers. My friends may or may not have scandalized Theresa with their spirited discussion about boys, but secretly I think she enjoyed it. Frankly, sometimes my friends scandalize me, but it’s a known hazard of hanging out with them.
Theresa arrived early Thursday evening, and we were surprisingly busy on Friday and Saturday. It was a relief to have Sunday to ourselves, and we took advantage of it with a pancake brunch, a very late lunch, and a simple pizza dinner. One of my favorite things from the day was cool, refreshing, and sippable: a Moscato spritzer with fresh peach slices floating in it.
Aren’t they pretty? These spritzers were a serendipitous discovery for us. At the grocery store on Friday evening, we spotted fresh Texas peaches, tiny and fuzzy. Honestly, I didn’t expect much of them, as it seems way too early in the year for peaches, but I couldn’t resist. I took five of them home with us. Then in the wine aisle, while I was looking at Sauvignon Blancs and Merlots for Saturday’s party, Theresa plucked a bottle of Moscato off the shelf. She’s not a big fan of dry wines, so the Moscato was a good back-up plan.
On Sunday, we found ourselves alone with one last peach and most of the Moscato, so we decided to mix them together with some bubbly water, and it was delicious. The fizzy water helped to cut the sweetness of the wine (it was very sweet), and the peaches soaked up all that delicious winey flavor and imparted their own essence into our spritzers. The practice of adding peaches to white wine is an old Italian tradition, I believe, so we certainly didn’t invent the wheel here or anything. But they were a lovely late afternoon beverage and so very pretty in their wine glasses that I can’t help but want to share them with you. Theresa and I liked them so much that we’re planning a repeat when I’m in Michigan next month.
Theresa’s Moscato Spritzers with Fresh Peaches
1 part Moscato (we used Barefoot Moscato, which is tasty and very inexpensive)
1 part carbonated water
1 fresh peach, sliced
Pour the Moscato and carbonated water into two wine glasses. Split the peach slices between the two glasses and serve. Cheers!