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What’s a good recipe for non alcoholic sangria? The truth are, there are many! And in today’s post, I’m going to give you a recipe as well as help you figure out any number of variations based on what you have in the kitchen!
This delicious virgin drink is a non-alcoholic version of traditional sangria. It’s a refreshing drink made with fruit juices and fresh fruit. It’s great for anything from a baby shower to a holiday meal.
Non-alcoholic drinks like this Sangria recipe are a family-friendly party drink. It’s the perfect drink to give the kids or those who don’t drink alcohol, for just about any celebration. And unlike the real deal, you won’t have to collect any car keys at the end of the night!
What Is Sangria?
Real Sangria is an alcoholic beverage that is usually a mix of wine and fruit. Sometimes it includes added sugar or simple syrup, and could almost be considered a cold mulled wine or sorts. The real thing is great for get-togethers. Make some for your next gathering!
Where Is Sangria From?
Sangria is a traditional Spanish drink and recipes for it vary widely, even within Spain. It’s a very common drink there. Far more than it is in the states.
“Sangria means bloodletting in Spanish and Portuguese. The term sangria used for the drink can be traced back to the 18th century. According to the SAGE Encyclopedia of Alcohol, sangria’s origins “cannot be pinpointed exactly, but early versions were popular in Spain, Greece, and England”.Wikipedia
Sangria Flavor Variations
You don’t have to worry about wine pairings with this recipe, so the sky is pretty much the limit. Mix and match your favorite fruits and juices to your personal preference. You really can’t go wrong! Here are some ideas for different fruits and juices you can try.
What Kind Of Fruit Can You Put In Sangria?
Once you find your perfect combination, this will quickly become one of your favorite drinks. Try any of the following:
- apples (green apples are good for a tart flavor!)
- cranberries (fresh)
- honeydew melon
What Juices Can You Use In Sangria?
- apple juice
- pomegranate juice
- cherry juice
- cranberry juice
- pineapple juice
- orange juice
- apple cider
- lime juice (a little goes a long way)
- lemon juice (
How To Make Non Alcoholic Sangria (Sangria Mocktail)
Once you find your favorite combination, it’s really just a matter of mixing it all up in a pitcher that is large enough to hold it all. Then let it sit in the fridge overnight to really let the flavors meld. Easy!
Sangria Mocktail Ingredients List
1 medium sliced pear – Any type is fine, but a Bartlet pear usually works best.
1 medium orange
1 medium apple – Consider whether you want a tart apple or a sweet apple. I like them sweet, but some folks really enjoy a tart apple flavor in this drink.
1 cup fresh cranberries – Honestly, these are more for garnish than for flavor. But they make the drink fun, especially during the holidays!
1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice – Make sure this is unsweetened. It makes a big difference when paired with the other juices. You don’t want this to end up being too sweet.
2 medium cinnamon sticks – These are the whole sticks. But in a pinch, you could probably use ground cinnamon. Just be sparing if you go that route. Too much will alter the texture of the drink and make it “gritty”.
2 cups unsweetened apple juice – Here again, use unsweetened. You want the bottle that says, 100% juice.
2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice – This is where the majority of your sweetness comes from. But you don’t want any added sugar because then this gets to be too sweet.
5 cups ginger ale – Do not add this if you will be letting the Sangria sit in the fridge for a longer length of time. Add this just before serving so it doesn’t go flat. I use Zevia (Stevia sweetened ginger ale), but you can also use plain sparkling water or club soda if you prefer that. Even an unsweetened lemon-lime soda will do. Any kind of soda water will work.
Non Alcoholic Sangria Recipe Instructions
Prep all your fruit. All the fruit slices (except the cranberries), should be sliced or chopped except the cranberries. You want those nice long slices that fit in a glass. The only thing that won’t fit into a glass are the orange slices, and that’s okay.
In a large pitcher, combine the liquids and give them a stir. Note that if you are not serving this right away, you should wait to add the ginger ale until just before serving, or it will go flat.
Add in all your fruit and stir.
You can certainly serve it immediately, but this tastes much better the next day after the fruits have flavored the juices. Chill in the fridge overnight.
How To Serve Non-Alcoholic Sangria
You can serve it with or without ice. If you opt for ice, I recommend getting cocktail ice. It makes for a much nicer drink experience.
Remember, your fruit is for garnish. You can even put a single piece on a toothpick and lay it across the top of the wine glass to look pretty. Just don’t serve a meal in a glass. It sure looks pretty, but it’s hard to drink around. So keep it to a minimum, and just for decoration. You can even use fresh fruit if you want, instead of the fruit from the pitcher, which, in some cases, will take on the color of the Sangria.
How To Store Non-Alcoholic Sangria
Keep this chilled, in the fridge. It will last up to 3 or 4 days. If you need to keep it a day or so longer, remove the fruit and just keep the liquid portion.
Can You Freeze Sangria?
If you have a lot left over, your best bet is to remove the fruit and freeze this in ice cube trays. You can add it to a bottle of water to flavor it, or thaw it in small amounts if you want to drink it on its own.
Non Alcoholic Sangria Tips
- This drink is best the next day. You want to give the fruit time to flavor the drink. So, while you can certainly serve this right away, just be aware that this is a great drink to prep ahead of time.
- This recipe avoids red wine (which is what real Sangria is typically made with). In it’s place, you can use red grape juice, cranberry juice, pomagranate juice, white grape juice, or really any juice or combination of juices you prefer. Pick your favorites to get a drink you’ll really enjoy.
- Make sure you use a large pitcher. As you can see in my recipe video below, mine was a little too small, so I had to switch to a bigger pitcher.
How To Prep Sangria Ahead Of Time
One of the best things about this drink is that it’s actually better if you make it ahead of time! You can make it up to 2 days in advance. However, if you wait that long, you’ll want to keep an eye on the fruit if you have leftovers. Sometimes, it’s best to remove it so it doesn’t go bad.
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Non-Alcoholic Sangria Recipe
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- Large pitcher
- 1 medium pear (cored and sliced)
- 1 medium orange (sliced, do not peel)
- 1 medium apple (cored and sliced)
- 1 cup fresh cranberries (rinsed and soft berries removed)
- 1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
- 2 cups unsweetened apple juice
- 2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
- 5 cups ginger ale (or sparkling water of some kind – do not add until ready to serve)
- 2 medium cinnamon sticks (plus more garnish your glasses at serving. This is optional)
- Prep all your fruit. All the fruit (except the cranberries), should be sliced. You want those nice long slices that fit in a glass. The only thing that won't fit into a glass are the orange slices, and that's okay.
- In a large pitcher, combine the liquids and give them a stir. Note that if you are not serving this right away, you should wait to add the ginger ale until just before serving, or it will go flat
- Add in all your fruit and stir.
- You can certainly serve it immediately, but this tastes much better the next day after the fruits have flavored the juices.