Innocent Bystander Moscato Mojitos and Jimmy Overalls
A recent sunny Sunday afternoon, I sat back and sipped on a bright pink can of moscato – yes a can of wine! As I put my drink down, I noticed I was getting a thumbs up from a few guys sitting opposite me – they too were sipping on bright pink cans of wine and they approved of my beverage choice. A couple of hours later as one of them walked past me, I realised that the image on his t-shirt was that on the can. His name was Jimmy Overalls and he was eager to share his passion for his product with me. I now learned all about Innocent Bystander, a boutique winery in Healesville Victoria, and their moscato.
My Dad was with me at the time and as an avid wine fan he had loads of questions for Jimmy Overalls. We chatted about many facets of his wine and winery, and more importantly about the can – a true purple cow. Jimmy asked me how did I find the taste when I sipped the moscato from the can. A little embarrassed I admitted that I had poured the contents of the can straight into my plastic wineglass. Jimmy educated me on how the combination of the wine and the metal from the can enhanced the flavour of the moscato and the drinking experience. I enjoyed my chat with Jimmy as not only did he give me a 4-pack sampler of the moscato but his product was unique and he was driven by a passion to do something different.
This post’s recipe for Moscato Mojitos was given to me by Jimmy Overalls – ‘a unique variation on a regular mojito. You just substitute the sugar and soda water for one of our cans of moscato’. This substitution makes this recipe a 4 ingredient cocktail with a twist – easy and refreshing. So the first free weekend that I had, I whipped up a couple of these and drank them all to myself before I had to clean my apartment.
1 shot white rum
5 fresh mint leaves torn
1/4 lime (sliced or quartered)
1 can innocent bystander moscato (1 cup)
In a glass with ice add the rum, mint leaves and limes. You can lightly squeeze the lime pieces before dropping them into your glass. Top up the glass with the can of moscato and serve immediately!