Copycat Olive Garden Watermelon Moscato Sangria Recipe

The Olive Garden Watermelon Moscato Sangria is a refreshing drink, perfect for summertime or when you want something light and refreshing. This drink pairs perfectly with the Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce. Best of all, you can make a batch of homemade sangria when it takes you to find your car keys! This easy recipe can recreate the Olive Garden drink menu at home. 

Copycat Olive Garden watermelon sangria in glasses.

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Watermelon Sangria

Are you ever looking for a light and refreshing cocktail? It’s the perfect summer drink that will quench your thirst. Serve this at your summer party, an evening with friends, or when you want to enjoy a summer drink.

The sparkling and fruity concoction is perfect for those who do not drink a lot. Ginger ale and watermelon syrup are added to the wine. It’s the ideal spritzer.

It’s so easy to make sangria. I love to serve sangria at parties during the summer. A spritzer like this is perfect for when you want a fizzy and fruity light drink.

When it is super hot outside, a cold sangria is perfect. You can push away a hot summer evening with a glass of this watermelon Moscato sangria.

Cut up some fruit and have some fun!

Watermelon sangria is perfect for summertime. Watermelons are fresh and in season. While this recipe does not use fresh watermelon syrup, fresh-cut watermelon slices are the perfect accompaniment to serve. The Olive Garden serves this with fresh strawberries and fresh orange slices. You can also serve it with raspberries.

What is Moscato Wine?

Moscato wine is a sweet white wine. So it’s perfect for those who do not drink much wine! It comes from the Muscat Blanc grate.

Moscato works very well for making sangria because it is known for its five predominant flavors; Meyer lemon, mandarin orange, pear, orange blossom, and honeysuckle.

While this wine originates in Italy, it is now made in regions worldwide.

What is Sangria?

Sangria is a punch made with wine, fruit, and sometimes additional spirits or alcohol. Sangria originated in Spain but it has become a popular drink everyone loves. It is oven served at bars, restaurants, and in homes everywhere.

What does Moscato Sangria taste like?

Moscato sangria tastes fruity and sweet. Moscato wine has flavor notes of Mandarin orange, lemon, peach, honeysuckle, and orange blossom.

Often Moscato sangria has bubbles. It can be made with seltzer or ginger ale. So imagine a light, refreshing fruity wine cocktail with a bit of fizz.

Simple ingredients that are easy to find!

This recipe is made with easy-to-find ingredients. This much-loved sangria is made with the following ingredients:

  • 750ml (or 1 bottle) Moscato wine
  • Ginger Ale
  • Watermelon Syrup
  • Fresh-cut fruit: Watermelon, Strawberries, Oranges
Copycat Olive Garden watermelon sangria ingredients on a wood board.

Can’t find Watermelon Syrup? No Problem.

Olive Garden uses Monin Watermelon Syrup. I have found this at Cost Plus World Market, Bed Bath and Beyond, and some liquor stores.

If you can’t locate it, and you drink alcohol, you still can enjoy this drink. Substitute the watermelon syrup with watermelon vodka. It will work very well. Unlike many sangria recipes, this drink recipe does not contain simple syrup.

What type of Moscato does Olive Garden use for their Watermelon Moscato Sangria?

The Olive Garden uses Castello del Poggio Moscato. It is an Italian Moscato sparkling wine. The tasting notes of this Moscato are musk, peach, and white flower. If you have a Sam’s Club membership, or if you go to Total Wine, you may be able to find it there, in addition to your favorite wine store.

You can use your favorite Moscato since we are mixing it with Ginger Ale and watermelon syrup. Some of those tasting notes are muted in the final glass. I would use a value-priced Moscato from Gallo wines.

Best Wines to Use for Moscato Sangria

Again, for this recipe, I recommend Castello del Poggio Moscato for this copycat recipe. If you can’t find that brand, I recommend other brands like  Stella Rosa, Skinnygirl Moscato, Bearfoot, and Papi.

Since you are mixing this wine with Watermelon syrup and more, I don’t recommend buying an expensive brand, I would choose something moderately priced.

Moscato makes a sweeter sangria. You can use different wine that fits with your taste preferences. A dry white wine, Rosé, or red wine are all great ones for reduced sweetness.

How to Make Olive Garden Watermelon Sangria

  1. Wash and cut the orange and strawberries into small slices.
  2. Pour Moscato into a large pitcher.
  3. Add ginger ale and watermelon syrup. Stir gently.
  4. Add ice cubes and stir gently.
  5. Add sliced strawberries and oranges.
  6. Garnish with watermelon slices.
Copycat Olive Garden watermelon sangria in glasses and a pitcher.

Non-Alcohol Version

This Olive Garden watermelon sangria copycat recipe can be easily modified for those who do not drink. So the version without the Moscato could be served at baby showers, to the younger than 21 crowds, and anyone who abstains from alcohol.

Simply omit the Moscato, and be sure to use watermelon syrup.

Why not make some copycat Olive Garden Watermelon Sangria today? You really can enjoy your favorite drink from this much-loved restaurant chain.

How to Serve Sangria

Sangria is classically served with fruit garnishes and sometimes fresh mint. For this beverage, cut some slices of watermelon and put a slice on the rim of the glass.

How to Store

If you want to make this Olive Garden watermelon sangria recipe ahead of time, prepare it without adding fruit or ice. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. When ready to enjoy this delicious cocktail, simply add fruit and ice.

If you have leftover sangria, it is best to remove the fruit and ice before storing it. Keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days.

A glass of copycat Olive Garden watermelon moscato sangria.

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Watermelon Moscato Sangria (Olive Garden)

Make the much-loved and refreshing Olive Garden Watermelon Sangria today with this easy copycat recipe. 
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Olive Garden Watermelon Moscato Sangria, Watermelon Sangria
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 204kcal


  • 750 mls Moscato
  • 6 ounces Ginger Ale
  • 6 ounces Monin Watermelon Syrup
  • 4 cups ice
  • 3/4 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 orange sliced


  • Wash and cut fruit into small slices. 
  • Pour Moscato into a large pitcher.  
  • Pour Ginger Ale and Watermelon syrup into a pitcher.  Stir gently. 
  • Add ice to the pitcher, and stir gently. 
  • Add sliced strawberries and oranges. 
  • Serve with watermelon slices if desired. 



Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 22.2mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Shanelle

    I have yet to make it but how long do you think it would last in the fridge? I don’t drink often but it’s appealing to make a large batch and just pour off a drink or two once in a while instead of making a singlr drink

  2. Dlevy

    Hi. Does this need to be made ahead of time like most sangrias? Making this for my moms 86th birthday celebration this weekend. She had this at Olive Garden yesterday and loved it. Can’t wait to make it for her!

  3. Sheree

    This drink is an ABSOLUTE hit!!!!!!! I’ve made this about 6 times and it disappeared quickly. It’s light and refreshing. I found the wine at Target and the syrup at Amazon.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Robin Bramlett Watkins

    5 stars
    I tried this drink at Olive Garden in Canton Georgia. OMG loved it, it was so refreshing love watermelon anyway.. I would like to make more than just a glass full. What does it take to make a half of gallon.

  5. Txsredhead

    5 stars
    Just had this today at Olive Garden in qFort Worth, TX. OMG! It was so good! Going to liquor store to get ingredients to make them!!!

    • Sara

      I would divide the recipe given by 6 units to make this 6 serving beverage suitable for 1 serving. This would permit the ingredient amounts as the following: 125mL Moscato, 1oz ginger ale, 1oz Monin syrup, 1cup of ice, and your preferences of how much fruit whether it be for aesthetic or taste.

  6. B Sauceda

    5 stars
    I tried this drink last night and loved it, at Olive Garden in Burleson, TX. I like Moscato already but have new way to enjoy.The fruit absorbs the flavor too. Thank you.

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