Moscatel sherry is a type of sherry made from Moscatel (Muscat) grapes. The grapes are allowed to dry almost into raisins, then fermented. Fermentation is stopped midway through the process, resulting in a sweet wine. This is then put through the oxidative side of the sherry-making process. The resulting sherry is light brown in color, with strong aromas of caramel, dried peaches (from the grape itself), and nuts.
Moscatel is considered a dessert sherry - it can have hundreds of grams of sugar per liter of wine, and are usually around 17% alcohol. Moscatel pairs exceedingly well with creme brulee and desserts with peaches or citrus fruit. Once opened, the bottle should be consumed within a few months.
Some popular cocktails containing Moscatel Sherry
- Ashes in Jerez — Bourbon, Moscatel Sherry, Bitters, Brown sugar coffee syrup, Orange peel
- The Mauser — Fino sherry, Amontillado Sherry, Moscatel Sherry, Bitters, Peychaud's Bitters, Lime juice, Grapefruit juice, Vanilla syrup, Grenadine, Ginger syrup, Mint
- Babs in DC — Gin, Moscatel Sherry, Lemon juice, Raspberry syrup
- Parmigiano Sour — Pisco, Moscatel Sherry, Egg white, Lemon juice, Honey, Parmigiano Reggiano, Black pepper
- Secret Saba — Rye, Cognac, Moscatel Sherry, Fernet Branca