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Refreshing Sangria Moscato with Rum

on April 23, 2021
last updated April 30, 2024
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This Sangria Moscato is a refreshing take on white wine sangria, balancing the sweetness of Moscato with tart citrus and apple.
two glasses of Sangria Moscato

Looking for a refreshing Sangria to sip on? Why not this delicious Sangria Moscato?

The two staples of sangria are wine and fruit, but it often contains other ingredients and spirits. In this white wine sangria, the sweet Moscato is perfectly balanced by the tart apple and citrus, and that sparkling water? The perfect bubbly finish.

Sangria Moscato Ingredients

Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Grapefruit. For tangy tart freshness.
  • Apple. For added sweetness.
  • Lime. For citrus.
  • Rum. Dark rum is preferred, but white works, too!
  • Moscato. The main star of this dish.
  • Sparkling water. For bubbles and crispness.
  • Simple syrup (optional). This depends on your taste. I find the Moscato is sweet enough to balance out the tangy notes of the fruit, but you may want to add simple syrup to taste if you like extra-sweet Sangria.
  • Ice. To keep it cold and fresh.

Sangria Moscato Tips and Tricks

Muddle Your Fruit and Rum

Quarter your apple and citrus and throw it into a pitcher with the rum. Then use a large wooden spoon to stir and push down on your citrus, to release some of the juice into the rum.

I love how the dark rum mellows out the sweetness of the Moscato, but you can absolutely use light rum if you prefer.

Easy As 1,2,3!

Once you’ve muddled your rum and fruit, all that’s left to do is add the rest of your ingredients and stir! It’s best to add the ice last— once it starts to melt, your Sangria will start to water down.

How to Properly Store Leftover Moscato Sangria

If you don’t plan on having the full pitcher in one sitting (the pitcher should give you 4 full glasses), it’s best to add ice to each individual serving rather than adding it straight to the pitcher.

This way, you can cover and store your Sangria Moscato in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, without the ice melting and watering it down.

Green tip: Did you know that of the billions of pounds of food wasted annually, it is estimated that 50% of it happens in our homes. It’s always best to avoid food waste as much as you can!

Bear in mind the sparkling water may lose some of its bubbles in that time. You can always keep a little extra on hand and pour in a little more fizz before enjoying your leftovers.

close up of sangria glass with slice of grapefruit and bubbly liquid inside

Why You Should Make This Sangria Moscato

  • It’s fresh! The refreshing citrus and sparkling bubbles make this the perfect summer sip.
  • It’s balanced. The sweet Moscato is balanced out by the tartness of the green apple and citrus.
  • It’s boozy. Wine and rum. What more is there to say?

If you’re looking for more sangria recipes, check out this showstopping watermelon sangria, or check out this list of my favorite cocktails to make at home!

two glasses of Sangria Moscato

Refreshing Sangria Moscato with Rum

4.5 from 6 votes
Marley Goldin
This Sangria Moscato is a refreshing take on white wine sangria, balancing the sweetness of Moscato with tart citrus and apple.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Mixing Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 large grapefruit
  • 1 large green apple
  • 1 large lime
  • cup dark rum
  • 750 mL Moscato (750 mL = about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup sparkling water
  • 2 cups ice
  • ¼ cup simple syrup (optional)


  • Wash and cut your grapefruit, apple, and lime into quarters. Add your fruit to a large pitcher.
  • Add the rum (and if you would like added sweetness, the simple syrup) and use a large wooden spoon to stir, pressing down on the citrus to muddle it and extract the juices.
  • Add your Moscato, sparkling water, and ice. Stir with your spoon and serve cold.

Pro Tips

  • Moscato is naturally really sweet, so this recipe does not call for any extra sugar. If you love your sangria super sweet, you can always add 1/4 cup of simple syrup.
  • I love how the dark rum mellows out the sweetness of the Moscato, but you can absolutely use light rum if you prefer.


Course Cocktails
Cuisine Spanish
Diet Vegan
Keyword Easy, Happy Hour, Rum, Sangria Moscato, Vegan Cocktail, White Sangria
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