This delicious and refreshing citrus moscato sangria recipe is made with a variety of citrus fruits, honey, orange liqueur and moscato wine.
Moscato is an Italian sweet wine made from muscat grapes, in Spain they have a similar wine called moscatel and in France they make a stronger almost liquor like wine called muscat. The flavor of these wines is very representative of the grapes.
Muscat grapes are also grown in the US and are one of my favorite types of grapes. These delicious grapes are very seasonal so you don’t see them very frequently at supermarkets – I highly recommend trying them if you haven’t, they are amazing! The first time I tried a muscat grape it reminded me of the smell of a pomarosa or rose apple fruit from Ecuador.
I love the combination of any citrus fruit with honey, and moscato wines usually have hints of honey, so making this sangria with moscato was a very easy (and good) decision. I used grapefruits, blood oranges, regular oranges, mandarins and kumquats for this sangria – you can use the same fruits or whatever you have on hand, even with just oranges and grapefruits you will have a great sangria cocktail.
I cut the grapefruit and oranges into segments since it makes them easier to eat this way, but sliced the mandarins, blood oranges and kumquats since they are smaller and also have a thinner skin. You can do the same, or segment them all, or slice them all, anything works with this citrus moscato cocktail. Sangrias usually include some type of liqueur and in this case Grand Marnier (or any other orange liqueur) worked perfectly.
Sangria is great cocktail option for parties or get-togethers with friends because you can prepare it ahead of time and in large batches, so that it’s ready to serve when to your guests arrive. For a mocktail or non-alcoholic variation replace the moscato wine with sparkling white grape juice and omit the orange liqueur.
Citrus moscato sangria
- 1 grapefruit peeled and cut into supreme style segments
- 2 oranges peeled and cut into supreme style segments
- 1 blood orange cut into slices
- 2 clementine mandarins cut into slices
- 10 kumquats cut into slices
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ cup orange liqueur like Grand Marnier
- 2 cups chilled sparkling water
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 750 ml bottle chilled moscato wine – can also use Spanish moscatel wine
- Put the citrus fruit slices and segments in a pitcher. Add the honey and orange liqueur, let macerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Add the chilled sparkling water, moscato wine, lemon juice and ice. Mix well. The citrus moscato sangria can be served immediately or kept refrigerated for a couple of hours before serving.
- When serving the sangria use a spoon or fork to put some of the citrus pieces into each glass.