Pink Moscato Cupcakes + Citrus Moscato Sangria for National Moscato Day #SundaySupper

Did you know that May 9th is National Moscato Day?  I am especially excited about it as Moscato is one of my favorite spring and summer wines.  It is so light and refreshing.  It’s perfect for happy hour or as an after dinner drink with dessert!

Moscato cupcakes with Pink moscato frosting

I’ve also just recently been introduced to Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato.  They have 3 different varieties and I used all three in today’s recipes.  I couldn’t help it!   With a Moscato trifecta as great as these are, who could pick just one?


I used the traditional Moscato for the base of my Pink Moscato Cupcakes.  It’s a sweet white wine bursting with flavors of peach, honey, and citrus that tastes amazing in cupcake form.  The I added the strawberry frosting.   Not only is the frosting flavored with strawberry, it also has the subtle hints of red berries and orange blossoms from the Pink Moscato.  The resulting cupcake is moist with a sweet strawberry frosting.

Pink moscato cupcakes with strawberry frosting

Pink Moscato Cupcakes
Serves: 16 cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • ½ t. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 stick butter
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 1¼ c. Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato
For the frosting:
  • ¾ c. butter
  • ¼ c.Gallo Family Vineyards Pink Moscato
  • 1 T. strawberry syrup
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place cupcake liners in 16 muffin cups. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl combine the egg, egg whites, and vanilla. Beat until fluffy. Add in the butter and sugar and beat until just combined.
  5. Add half the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix well. Stir in the Moscato, mixing until combined. Add in the remaining dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling almost to the top. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool on a wire rack.
  8. Meanwhile, place the butter in a mixing bowl and beat on medium speed. Add in the Pink Moscato and strawberry syrup and beat for 1 minute. The mixture will not be smooth. Add in the powdered sugar one cup at a time until the frosting is the desired thickness.
  9. Pipe the strawberry Moscato frosting onto the cupcakes.
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Moscato Cupcakes for National Moscato Day!

Now that I made the cupcakes for dessert I needed a special drink to celebrate National Moscato Day.  Since the cupcakes were so rich, I wanted a drink that was tart and would complement the cupcakes.  Looking at the Red Moscato, which is bursting with flavors of sweet citrus and peaches, I decided to expand upon the citrus side and make a citrus sangria.

CItrus Moscato Sangria for National Moscato Day!

The citrus sangria can be made with just about any citrus fruit that’s available.  I went with navel oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes.  I wanted to add a blood orange but my market didn’t have any.   After adding in the Red Moscato and fruit, I topped it off with sparkling water and Triple Sec.  It was tart and slightly sweet and paired so well with the Moscato cupcakes.  In fact, the combination was so good I invited my girlfriends over the next night for an impromptu happy hour with the pairing!

Citrus Moscato Sangria
  • 1 grapefruit, peeled and cut into segments
  • 2 oranges, peeled and cut into segments
  • 1 lime, cut into slices
  • 1 lemon, cut into slices
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ cup Triple Sec
  • 2 cups chilled sparkling water (I used lemon flavored)
  • 1 750 ml bottle chilled Gallo Family Vineyards Red Moscato wine
  1. Place the fruit and honey in a large pitcher. Add in the Triple sec and sparkling water. Mix well.
  2. Pour the Red Moscato into the pitcher.
  3. Refrigerate for several hours or serve immediately over ice.

Citrus Moscato made with Gallo Family Vineyards Red Moscato, citrus fruits, and orange liqueur

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  1. says

    Cupcakes and sangria — we should hang out — like a dream come true for me! The cupcakes are so pretty and sangria — it’s my favorite — so cheers to Moscato Day! Great recipes!

    • HezziD says

      Thank you! The sangria is definitely going on the menu for our next book club brunch. I’ve made other sangrias in the past but I think this one is going to be perfect for summer.

    • HezziD says

      Thank you! I’m someone who can only eat a few segments of grapefruit so this was a great way to use the leftover!

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