Non-Alcoholic Sangria – This virgin sangria mocktail is the perfect zero-proof drink recipe for your next party. Fresh, fruity, and flavorful–you’ll love it!
It’s MOCKTAIL TIME! We’re big fans of mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails) here at Sweets & Thank You and more and more it seems like you are, too!
I don’t drink alcohol, but I love a fun drink to celebrate with! Our Mint Limeade (virgin mojitos), Basil Lemonade, and Citrus Orange Mocktails have all been popular lately, so it feels like we’re all in the mood for fruity drinks lately. What’s more fruity than sangria!? Not a lot!
Sangria is a Spanish red wine punch made with chopped fruit and mixed with spirits like brandy, cognac, Triple Sec, Cointreau, etc. It’s usually sweetened and can sometimes be bubbly. It’s considered a great drink for a crowd and in the U.S. it’s popular in the summer, or for ladies’ nights, and parties. All I know is that with it’s crisp, fruity flavor it’s an equally great option for a hot day, a dinner party, or your next gathering.
Sangria was also the crowd favorite in a recent IG poll, when I asked which mocktail we should make next, so I know I’m not alone in wanting a great virgin sangria recipe.
Turns out, it’s REALLY easy to make sangria mocktails! It’s delightful whether you simply don’t drink (like me), are pregnant, or including kids in your celebration. (Just because you’re not drinking alcohol doesn’t mean you have to miss out!) This yummy sangria mocktail recipe is as delicious as it is pretty.
Here’s what you need to make a great non-alcoholic sangria recipe…
Here’s What You Need To Make Virgin SAngria:
- Grape Juice. A good-quality grape juice mimics the signature blood-red color and base flavors of classic sangria
- Pomegranate Juice. Adding a splash of pomegranate juice adds a little brightness and tartness, which is so lovely with the grape juice, citrus, and fruit. This mix of fruit juices tastes so crisp and fresh!
- Sugar (If You Need It). Depending on your preferences & the tartness of your juice, you may want to add a little sugar for sweetness. This is 100% optional, and you can add as much or as little as you need.
- Oranges. Next comes a whole lot of fresh fruit, starting with orange slices. I love the sweet, tangy, citrus notes of oranges.
- Green Apples. Fresh, diced green apples add such a pretty color contrast to the red juice of a non-alcoholic sangria.
- Lemons & Limes. Many sangria recipes use either lemons OR limes, but I love to add a mix for the color and flavor.
- Strawberries. I love how gorgeous strawberries are. I usually leave the strawberry greens on for an additional pop of green. (I wash them well using this treatment, which keeps them vibrant and fresh!)
- Sparkling Water. I love to finish my virgin sangria with sparkling water (or carbonated water or soda water) rather than something like lemon-lime soda or ginger ale. The bubbles are such a happy touch that makes each sip feel special and helps cut the sweetness.
- Ice Cubes. Then, you’ll chill the drink with plenty of ice.
How To Make Non-Alcoholic Sangria, Step By Step:
- Slice Your Fruit. Start by cutting up and slicing your fruit.
- Combine Juices. Pour grape juice and pomegranate juice into a large pitcher.
- Add In The Fruit. Next, add sliced and chopped fruit and stir to distribute well. If desired, you can gently squeeze the citrus a bit before adding it to the pitcher to release some of the orange juice, lemon juice, and lime juice.
- Chill To Let The Flavors Meld. If possible, chill the sangria in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours, up to overnight. You want to give it plenty of time for the flavor to develop. (Note that because of the citrus peel, the flavor will get more intense as it sets.)
- Finish With Ice & Sparkling Water. Right before serving, top the sangria off with ice and sparkling water.
Make It Seasonal! Here’s How To Change Up Your Sangria Mocktail Based On The Season:
One beautiful part of sangria is how easy it is to make it fit the season you’re in. You simply play with the recipe by using your favorite fruits or seasonal fruit! Here are some different fruits to mix into your next batch of non-alcoholic sangria:
- WINTER: Pomegranate, blood oranges, cranberries, pears, fresh ginger
- SPRING: Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, fresh mint
- SUMMER: Peaches, mangoes, nectarines, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, kiwi, fresh mint
- FALL: Pears, colorful apples in red, green, yellow (like honeycrisp apples, or opal apples!), cranberries, cinnamon stick
FAQ + Tips And Tricks For The BEst Non-Alcoholic SAngria
What Fruit Goes Into Sangria? The most common fresh fruits for sangria are oranges, green apples, and lemon or lime slices, though strawberries are also common.
Does Sangria Contain Alcohol? Real sangria or traditional sangria DOES contain alcohol, as its usually made with brandy, cognac, Triple Sec, Cointreau, etc. Our “mock sangria” sangria mocktail is non-alcoholic, made without any alcoholic ingredients.
How Do You Make Non-Alcoholic Sangria? We make our non-alcoholic version of sangria with a combination of red juices, fruit, and sparkling water. You still get the lovely color, sweet flavor, and none of the alcohol!
Can I Use Different Juice? You bet. Try swapping the pomegranate juice out for some cranberry juice cocktail. Or, make it white sangria instead of red sangria with white grape juice and apple juice or apple cider.
Want It Sweeter? I find that using juice keeps this non-alcoholic sangria sweet enough for my taste, but if you like, you can stir in some added sugar or sweetener to your preference if you like a sweeter drink.