As Moscato's popularity continues to climb, more foodies are finding ways to incorporate it into their favorite Sangria recipes. Moscato has found its footing.This highly coveted white wine with a distinctly sweeter palate profile comes from Northern Italy's Piedmont region. The wine is made from the Muscat Blanc grape, which offers up the exotic aromas of orange blossom, peach and citrus themes. The bright aromas and honeyed fruit make for a remarkable sangria base. Moscato comes in three distinct styles: still, sparkling and dessert. For this particular sangria, stick with the still variety which often has higher levels of alcohol (as compared to the sparkling version that weighs in around 6% abv) and carries a bit more acidity on the palate. Don't pay more than $10 for a Moscato that you are going to blend into a sangria, as the nuances will be masked by the overall cocktail-nature of the liqueur, fruit and soda.
Need a few Moscato recommendations for Sangrias? Check out:
- Menage a Trois Moscato - Just peachy, expect to pay around $8 for a bottle.
- Folonari Moscato - True-blue Italian Moscato with plenty of honeyed apricot fruit, also around $8 per bottle.
- Sutter Home Pink Moscato - A favorite in the $5 and under category and the pink hues contribute to the eye appeal.
- 14 Hands Moscato - A recent Washington icon, 14 Hands offers value and a solid dose of quality in all of their well-priced wines. The Moscato is no exception. At $8-ish, this wine delivers flowers and citrus to the mix.
- Il Conte d'Alba Moscato d'Asti - Upping the ante at $10 a pop, this Italian Moscato is one versatile wine that is just as delicious in a sangria as it is on its own.
Leaning heavily into the sweet sensations that today's modern Moscato wine brings to the glass, our strawberry and citrus-themed sangria rocks out with zesty orange slices, and fresh seasonal strawberries amped up with a splash of strawberry schnapps.
The slice of orange adds tang and texture, while lemon-lime sodas contribute a festive fizz to the whole occasion. Perfect for summer evenings, refreshing from start to finish, this Moscato-based sangria is sure to please plenty of palates. Great served on its own over ice or partnered up with popular barbecue fare. Burgers, brats, grilled chicken, potato salad, chips and dips, whatever the occasion and food this sangria is a super summer time sipper.
- 1 750 ml bottle of Moscato
- 2 cups of lemon-lime soda
- 1 pint of fresh strawberries (sliced)
- 2 oranges
- 1/4 cup Strawberry Liqueur
- Fresh mint sprig
- Optional: orange slice
Combine bottle of Moscato wine with lemon-lime soda in a large pitcher.
Wash and slice pint of fresh strawberries and add to pitcher.
Slice one orange into thin pinwheels and add to pitcher.
Juice one orange and muddle it with mint to taste. Add to pitcher.
Add 1/4 cup of strawberry liqueur
Garnish with a sprig of mint and slice of optional orange.