Summer Moscato Sangria
Summer Moscato Sangria is an easy drink recipe packed full of fresh summer fruits soaked in a sweet moscato wine. It’s a beautiful and delicious cocktail for any party!
Summer Moscato Sangria is a beautiful and refreshing drink that is the perfect addition to all sorts of occasions. Whether you are hosting a Mother’s Day brunch or a baby shower, getting together for girls’ night, or having people over for a summer BBQ, this easy, fruity white wine sangria recipe is a must-have.
Not only is this moscato sangria recipe positively delicious, it looks gorgeous too. It is packed full of fresh summer fruit that soaks in the sweet moscato and absorbs all of that delicious flavor. You’ll need a spoon to scoop up that fruit after you finish your cocktail. You won’t want to miss a single piece!
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Ingredients You’ll Need
- Moscato Wine
- Fruit – There are so many different fruits you can use for sangria. We have listed our favorites in the recipe to get you started but you can customize it with all of your favorites.
Step 1 – Choose Your Fruits. Select a variety of fresh fruits that appeal to your taste buds. Oranges, berries, and peaches are excellent choices. These fruits add a burst of color and juiciness to your summer Sangria.
Step 2 – Prepare the Fruits. Wash and slice the fruits into bite-sized pieces. Remove any seeds or pits for a smooth drinking experience.
Step 3 – Mix the Ingredients. In a large pitcher, combine the chilled Moscato wine and sliced fruits.
Step 4 – Let It Infuse. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and allow the flavors to meld together for at least 2 hours. This infusion period allows the fruits to release their natural juices and blend harmoniously with the wine.
Step 5 – Serve and Enjoy. When you’re ready to serve, pour the Moscato Sangria into wine glasses and garnish with a fresh mint sprig or a slice of fruit for an elegant touch. Enjoy!
Best Fruit for Summer Sangria
When it comes to making sangria, a variety of fruits can be used to infuse the beverage with natural sweetness, flavors, and vibrant colors. Here are some popular fruits to consider for your white sangria recipe:
- Oranges: Oranges are a classic choice for sangria. They add a bright citrusy flavor and a refreshing zest. You can use slices of fresh oranges or even squeeze in some fresh orange juice to enhance the fruity profile.
- Berries: Berries such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries are excellent additions to sangria. They bring a burst of sweetness and beautiful colors to the mix. Feel free to mix and match different berries based on your preference.
- Peaches: Juicy and fragrant, peaches are a popular choice for adding a hint of summer to your sangria. Their natural sweetness blends well with the wine, offering a delightful flavor profile.
- Pineapple: Pineapple adds a tropical twist to sangria with its vibrant and juicy taste. The tanginess of pineapple complements the wine and other fruits, giving the sangria a refreshing kick.
- Apples: Crisp and slightly tart, apples can add a delightful crunch to your sangria. They also infuse a subtle sweetness and pair well with various wine choices.
- Grapes: Grapes are a classic fruit often found in traditional sangria recipes. They come in different varieties and offer a burst of juicy sweetness to the mix. You can use seedless grapes for convenience.
- Lemons and Limes: Adding a splash of tangy citrus with lemons and limes can brighten up the flavors of your sangria. They provide a zesty and refreshing element that complements the sweetness of the other fruits.
Remember to wash and slice the fruits before adding them to your sangria. Feel free to get creative and combine different fruits based on your personal taste preferences. The key is to choose fruits that complement each other and create a harmonious blend of flavors in your sangria.
Using Frozen Fruit
Fresh fruit is great but if something you want to use isn’t in season you can also use frozen fruit. Just make sure it is unsweetened!
I find using frozen peaches and frozen mangoes to be a real time-saver. Both are already peeled and cut so they are ready to go straight out of the bag. You don’t even have to defrost them just drop them into the moscato and they will help chill the drink!
What is Moscato?
Moscato is a type of wine that is known for its distinct sweetness and aromatic qualities. It is produced from the Muscat grape, which is one of the oldest known grape varieties in the world. Moscato wines are typically light-bodied and have a lower alcohol content compared to other wines.
The defining characteristic of Moscato is its pronounced fruity and floral aroma, often reminiscent of peaches, oranges, and apricots. The flavors range from sweet and honeyed to slightly sparkling and effervescent. The natural sweetness of the wine makes it a popular choice for those who prefer a sweeter taste.
Moscato wines can be found in different variations, such as Moscato d’Asti from Italy, which is lightly sparkling, and Moscato Rosa, which has a pink hue and a more intense flavor profile.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, absolutely, you can eat the fruit in the sangria. There are some people that don’t prefer to eat the fruit, and there is nothing wrong with that. But we love it because the fruit is delicious after it’s been sitting in the wine. Plus, the fruit doesn’t lose the nutrients in it from soaking in the wine, either. So that means you can munch away on it, and you are still getting healthy nutrients too! It sounds like a huge win if you ask me.
No, you can literally use any of your favorite Moscato wine to make these summer sangrias. Just use what you enjoy the most, and you can’t go wrong. We have tried it with many different wines and have had great luck.
Just make sure to use a wine that you love to drink by itself. If you pick something you don’t like alone, you probably aren’t going to like it just because you added fruit to it. If you aren’t sure what you like, try hitting a wine tasting to get a feel for the different flavors out there.
While moscato wine has a bit of fizz to it naturally we don’t’ add any extra ingredients to our recipe to create more fizz. f you prefer fizzy sangria you could add some lemon-lime pop or sparkling juice to the sangria. Fill up each glass with ice, fruit, and pour a little bit of your favorite fizzy drink at the top to add some bubbles.
Yes, the longer you let the sangria sit, the more the fruit juices will come out and add flavor to the wine. That’s why it is important to refrigerate it for at least 2 hours before serving. If you have the time, it won’t hurt at all to leave it overnight before drinking.
This Moscato sangria recipe will last 3 or 4 days in the fridge. How amazing is that? You can make up a batch or two and have it ready whenever a craving strikes. Or have it prepared before your party or gathering begins and grab it and serve when your guests arrive.
Keep in mind, for the easy sangria recipe to last 3 or 4 days; you can’t add any of the extra ingredients that make it fizzy. If you do, the pop or water will turn flat and will affect the flavor of your sangria. No one wants that to happen, so play it safe and just add it when serving if it’s something you want.
You don’t have to have any garnish at all, but if you want to feel free! Mint is lovely in sangria and gives some great flavor as well as color. Many people will garnish with thyme as well. Another idea would be to put a fruit wedge or two on the top of the glass. It will look classy and gives the guests something to snack on as well.
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Summer Moscato Sangria
- 2 bottles Moscato wine, 750ml each
- 2 Green apples, diced into small pieces
- 10 ounces Peaches, peeled and sliced, fresh or frozen
- 8 ounces Mango, fresh or frozen
- 16 ounces Strawberries, sliced
- 6 ounces Raspberries
- 6 ounces Blueberries
- 2 Lemons, sliced and cut into quarters
- 2 Limes, sliced and cut into quarters
- Add fruit to pitcher then pour the wine over the fruit.
- Place pitcher in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
This recipe was first published on July 8, 2015. It was republished with an updated recipe, tips, and photos on May 28, 2020.