New Mexico is a remarkable gathering of visionaries, and it’s our great fortune that Gruet Winery & Tasting Room has chosen to call it home. The winery was established in 1984 and is renowned for its méthode champenoise or méthode traditionnelle sparkling wines, made with traditional French methods. Gruet produces several sparkling wines, primarily Pinot Noir- and Chardonnay-based, making them ideal for blending into inventive cocktails. The Gruet Demi Sec, for example, is fresh and delicate on the palate with delightful peach notes. Its apple finish is earthy, crisp, and slightly sweet. Perfect for summer picnics in the garden or for a Bleeding Heart cocktail.
Daniel Gutierrez, tasting room manager for Gruet Winery Santa Fe, and bartender Noemi Leon worked together previously at Hotel Chaco. During this time, they discovered that they shared similar flavor profiles and perspectives when it came to crafting cocktails and pairing them with food: a collaboration was born. The two aimed to showcase for TABLE readers the rich flavors of Gruet’s wines, which can be enjoyed on their own or paired with other ingredients for increased versatility year-round.
Manzanilla y Fresas
¾ oz elderflower liqueur
6 sage leaves
2 oz chamomile tea
2 ¼ oz Gruet Sauvage Rose
Chamomile flowers for garnish
In a cocktail shaker, add the elderflower liqueur and sage leaves. Muddle, then add chamomile tea, ice, and shake. Fine-strain into a Nick and Nora or coupe glass, top with Gruet Sauvage Rose, and garnish with fresh chamomile flowers.
Story by Gabe Gomez / Photography by Gabriella Marks / Styling by Alex Hanna/ Recipe by Daniel Gutierrez and Noemi Leon
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