Sweet, bubbly, and aromatic, this fruity Moscato cocktail is steeped in citrus, berries, and kiwi, and is perfect for any springtime get-together!
Spring is heeeeeeeeeeere! And in full force! We had the most incredibly beautiful spring weather down here in sunny Florida this past weekend, and it’s put me in the most relaxed mood.
It’s weather like this that makes me appreciate my home state. Fall is my favorite season down here, but early spring is a close second – when it’s not 90 degrees, at least.
The lovely breezes, perfect temperature, and low humidity have motivated me to actually go outside (which, if you know me, is a difficult feat), do yard work, tend our little garden, and take care of this bloggy business from my hammock instead of the comfort of the air conditioner.
It’s also inspired me to whip up a
few bunch of lovely poolside-type drinks, and to welcome back Mix It Up Monday, why don’t we start with a bubbly, fruity Springtime Sangria?
Gardening. Who’s down with that?
I’ve always loved the idea of being able to go to your own backyard and pick the fresh basil for your caprese, the cucumbers for your salad, the oranges for your juice. Just a small, easily sustainable family garden filled with the fruits, veggies, and herbs you use most often.
So, I got this wild hair to try it out for real a few months back, and Mr. Crumby built me a lovely raised bed to plant this dream garden in.
Going in to this and knowing what a black thumb I have, I was super worried that I wouldn’t even be able to get the seeds to sprout.
Like, they’d sit under the soil knowing they were just going to die anyway, and just give up before even coming up for air.
Seriously. I’ve killed the hardiest of houseplants. No idea how. I water them like I should, give them sunlight, have those little crazy cat lady chats with them that they apparently need.
I somehow managed to kill some awesome bamboo shoots I bought from IKEA a couple of years ago in the past few weeks.
Do you know how hard it is to kill bamboo?!
I’ve gone through so many of those grocery store basil plants, too. I get them quite often because they always have a lot of leaves, and it’s way frugal to grow at home than to constantly buy the overpriced, pre-cut springs.
I’m pretty sure those aren’t meant to last, anyway, but no matter how I try, I just can’t get them to thrive in or outdoors!
I’m just super out of touch with nature, I guess.
So far, my garden bed experiment is going better than expected. We bought a baby lime tree that’s thriving. I have zucchini and yellow squash planted, and they’re already sprouting flower buds! My tomatoes are growing slower than I think they should, but they’re coming along. I planted some sprouted onion bulbs, and they’re coming along, as well as a big basil bush that’s not dead yet!
We had a lot of heavy rain a couple of weeks ago that absolutely murdered quite a few of the seedlings I was hardening, though. I was pretty bummed that I didn’t think to pull them in to the patio and out of the deluge.
Pinterest made gardening seem so easy.
If I had more time on my hands, I’m sure I’d be HGTV ready.
One of these days, though, I’m determined to make this Springtime Sangria with homegrown fruits!
This cocktail is seriously the most delicious drink I’ve had in months. I’m a huge fan of Moscato di Asti – it was the wine that made me decide I liked wine. Of course, drinking a glass is like downing liquid alcoholic candy, so if you enjoy sweets, it’s hard not to enjoy it.
When I think of spring, I think of strawberries and citrus (kinda all over the place down here), and light, bubbly flavors. I came across a new Ocean Spray juice while shopping for ingredients for this, and I decided to add it instead of the lemon lime soda I had planned on; turns out, it complements the wine and fruits I chose even better than the soda would have!
This Moscato sangria needs no added sugar – it’s sweet enough from the wine and juice. Toss in a little tequila and triple sec, and you’ve got yourself a lovely drink for sitting by the pool, in your patio lounger or hammock, or even your couch if you’re the indoorsy type.
In my case, it’s been my pick-me-up during my adventures in gardening.
Maybe that’s what the plants need! A little garden cocktail.
- Combine orange juice, lime juice, tequila, and triple sec in a large pitcher. Stir, then add mango pineapple juice.
- Add all sliced fruit to juice and stir, muddling slightly.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- When ready to serve, add chilled Moscato di Asti to pitcher and stir.
- Place a few pieces of steeped fruit in each glass, then pour sangria on top. Add ice if desired, and enjoy!
What does your favorite spring cocktail include?
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