As Moscato's popularity continues to climb, more foodies are finding ways to incorporate it into their favorite sangria recipes. 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 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 percent 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.
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 soda contributes 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 summertime sipper.
- 1 (750-milliliter) 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.