Hot Salsa is an original creation. We wanted to create a cocktail that was simple and easy for people to make, but would still provide a bold, unique flavor. The soft, balanced flavor of the Sauvignon Blanc is complemented by the sweetness of the mango juice and the few drops of tabasco sauce create a spicy after taste that lingers on the tongue. Simply sipping on this cocktail conjures up images of sitting on a beach or by a pool. We recommend pairing this cocktail with a light fish meal such as ahi or salmon, served with mango papaya salsa. We want to create our own unique image associated with this drink and hope that it becomes a cocktail that is a go-to drink at a pool party or relaxing summer day.
History and Background
Sauvignon Blanc is a white-wine grape from France, now successfully grown in emerging and established wine regions all over the world. The grape is likely to have originated from Bordeaux, where it is typically blended with Semillon. Typical Sauvignon Blanc markers range from grass, nettles, and asparagus to green apples and gooseberries; some even say it has the aroma of “cat pee.”
Benziger’s Sauvignon Blanc has bright citrus and floral aromas and offers subtle minerality and notes of grapefruit and lime. Benziger wines are unique because 100% of their wines are made using biodynamic farming practices. As Mike Benziger noted on our field trip, their biodynamic vineyard brings out the natural taste of the land and that taste is reflected in their wines.
Sauvignon Blanc already has a reputation for being a “pure” wine, because it usually goes straight from the press to fermentation and then to the bottle, without any tampering (such as aging it in oak or sweetening it). The combination of Benziger’s vineyards unique taste and Sauvignon Blanc’s naturally reflective qualities make it the perfect addition to our cocktail.
- 2 ounces mango juice
- Benziger 2012 Sauvignon Blanc
- 1 freshly cut mango slice
- 1-2 drops of tabasco sauce
Mix chilled Sauvignon Blanc and mango juice in a shaker and lightly mix. Pour the mixture in to the serving glass. Cut up a fresh mango and choose a good looking piece. Add a few drops of tabasco sauce to the mango slice and place it in the serving glass. Make sure to swirl before tasting. Enjoy outside with some good food and friends.
Video: Making Hot Salsa
Created by A. Kass and B. Biedermann