Light and refreshing, this Moscato Sangria is made with ripe summer fruit and sweet Moscato wine.
It’s birthday season around here. Melinda’s was at the end of June, we have lots of friends and family with birthdays in July, my birthday is at the beginning of August and my mom brings up the rear with a birthday towards the end of August. It’s a non-stop party! To knock out a bunch of birthday celebrations at once we always plan a girls night and get together with a bunch of birthday girls for a night of movies, gossip, and of course….WINE!
While all of our girls would be fine with simply opening up a bottle of wine and pouring a few glasses, I had been thinking about this sangria since I bought fresh summer nectarines and raspberries at the farmer’s market the weekend before. I knew it would be awesome paired with Moscato wine. I was right.
I recently discovered Middle Sister Wines at my local wine store (if you are lucky enough to live in a state where alcohol is available for purchase at Target you can find it there!), and their Sweet and Sassy Moscato is my current favorite. I love the slightly sweeter taste of Moscato wine, and I thought it was especially good with sweet summer fruit. The Middle Sister brand has something for everyone though, including a wide variety of delicious red, white and sparkling wines from California and Argentina. Middle Sister is so fun, they have dedicated a wine to the sister in the middle – the one who always seems to have a personality of her own, and steals the show. Each wine is based on a series of quirky “middle sister” characters who each claim their own varietal and personality. There is:
- Mischief Maker Cabernet Sauvignon
- Wild One Malbec <—Melinda’s Favorite!
- Goodie Two Shoes Pinot Noir
- Drama Queen Pinot Grigio
- Rebel Red (red blend)
- Sweet & Sassy Moscato <–Kat’s Favorite!!
I made the sangria first thing in the morning using chopped up apples, slices of fresh nectarines, and ripe raspberries. I poured the Sweet & Sassy Moscato over the fruit and put the pitcher in the refrigerator to chill and let the flavors mix together. The girls came over later in the day and we exchanged gifts, gossiped a little, and enjoyed our wine. I think my favorite part of sangria is eating the fruit that has soaked up the wine!
Melinda and I even made up a gift basket with all the ingredients for a summer sangria and gave it to the ultimate wine-lover in the group. She has since reported back to me that Middle Sister Sweet & Sassy Moscato is one of her new faves too!
Middle Sister just received a brand makeover and now they have “Drops of Wisdom” which are a dose of inspiration right on the front label. Check out that label, it makes me laugh every time I read it.
- 2 bottles Middle Sister Sweet & Sassy Moscato
- 2 Green Apples, chopped
- 4 Nectarines, sliced
- 1 pint Raspberries
- Add fruit to pitcher then pour the wine over the fruit.
- Place pitcher in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
If you’re doing a lot of entertaining this summer (or even if you aren’t) you have to try this sangria!
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