Sangria Mocktail Recipe – Non-Alcoholic Elegance in a Glass

how to make non alcoholic sangria

I’ve been on my journey through various culinary experiences, trying different types of drinks, from cocktails to mocktails. There is a particular drink that stands out – the delightful Sangria mocktail. Non-alcoholic sangria is a non-alcoholic beverage that takes inspiration from the traditional Spanish sangria.

The traditional sangria has its roots in Spain and Portugal, with a history spanning centuries. The name “sangria” comes from the Spanish word “sangre,” meaning “blood,” due to the red color of the wine-based drink. This concept of blending wine with fruits dates back to ancient civilizations, where such mixtures were enjoyed for taste and preservation.

Glasses of apple cider sangria mocktail
Non alcoholic apple cider sangria

Sangria became popular in 18th-19th century Spain, evolving with various regional and family adaptations. The core idea remained consistent: combining wine, fruits, sweeteners, and sometimes spirits for a flavorful, cooling beverage. It gained global recognition, becoming a fixture in Spanish and Portuguese culture.

The Sangria mocktail offers a non-alcoholic take on the classic, catering to those who abstain from alcohol. Bursting with vibrant colors and flavours, the mocktail captures the sangria’s essence without wine or spirits.

With its vibrant medley of fruits, enticing aroma, and a perfect balance of tanginess and sweetness, the sangria mocktail swiftly became my favorite that can be enjoyed on any occasion. Every sip felt like a tantalizing dance of flavours, a symphony that played on my taste buds. Here’s a simple non alcoholic Sangria recipe along with some notes to help you create a delightful Sangria mocktail:

Sangria Mocktail (Non Alcoholic Sangria)

Elevate your summer with our Sangria Mocktail. Bursting with a fruity fusion of grape, orange, lemon, and lime juices, it's a refreshing twist on the classic. Fresh fruits, a touch of honey, and a hint of cinnamon bring depth to every sip, while sparkling water adds a lively fizz.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 glasses
Calories 165 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups grape juice red or white, depending on your preference
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup adjust to taste
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1 apple diced
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1 lime sliced
  • 1 cup mixed berries strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
  • 2 cups sparkling water or club soda
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish
  • 1 cinnamon stick optional
  • 1/4 cup diced pineapple optional
  • 1/4 cup diced peaches optional
  • Any other favourite fruits you enjoy optional

Instructions
 

  • In a large pitcher, combine the grape juice, orange juice, lemon juice, and honey or maple syrup. Stir until the sweetener is dissolved.
  • Add the sliced oranges, diced apple, sliced lemon, sliced lime, and mixed berries to the pitcher. If using optional additions like cinnamon stick or pineapple, add them as well.
  • Gently muddle the fruits with a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon to release their juices and flavours.
  • Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and let the mixture macerate for at least 1-2 hours.
  • Just before serving, add the sparkling water or club soda to the pitcher and stir gently.
  • Fill glasses with ice cubes and pour the Sangria mocktail into each glass.
  • Garnish with fresh mint leaves for an aromatic touch.
  • Serve and enjoy your refreshing Sangria mocktail!

Notes

– Fruit Selection: You can choose a variety of fruits based on your preference and what’s in season. The combination of citrus fruits like oranges, peach, lemons, cranberry, strawberry, and limes adds a zesty flavour, while berries provide a burst of sweetness.
You can create Sangria mocktail recipe in season with the fruits of that season. For example, fall Sangria mocktail with fall fruits, winter/Christmas Sangria moctail with winter fruits.
– Juices: Opt for high-quality juices to enhance the flavour like pomegranate juice. Freshly squeezed juices are the best, but if you use store-bought, look for juices with no added sugars or artificial ingredients.
– Sweetener: Adjust the amount of honey or maple syrup based on your taste preference. Some fruit juices might already be sweet, so you might need less sweetener.
– Maceration: Allow the fruits to macerate (soak) in the juices for at least 1-2 hours in the refrigerator before serving. The longer they are macerated, the more intense flavour is. This ensures that your Sangria mocktail will be flavourful and refreshing when you’re ready to enjoy it.
– Sparkling Water: Adding sparkling water or club soda gives the mocktail a refreshing fizziness similar to the bubbles in traditional sangria. You can adjust the amount of sparkling water based on how bubbly you want the mocktail to be.
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sangria mocktail variations

There are lots of sangria mocktail variations with different flavours. You can create your own one by changing the fruit ingredients and adjust the sweetness according to your preferences. Here are some variations of sangria mocktails that you can try:

  • Citrus Burst Sangria mocktail: A refreshing blend of orange juice, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and lemon slices, topped with sparkling water for a fizzy kick.
  • Berry Bliss Sangria mocktail: Combine cranberry juice, mixed berry puree, and a splash of pomegranate juice. Garnish with fresh berries and mint leaves.
  • Tropical Paradise Sangria: Mix pineapple juice, mango puree, and coconut water. Add slices of tropical fruits like kiwi, pineapple, and passion fruit.
  • Apple Cinnamon Sangria mocktail: Use apple juice as the base and add a cinnamon stick, apple slices, and a touch of honey. Top with club soda for a sparkling finish.
White sangria mocktail
  • Watermelon Mint Sangria: Blend watermelon chunks and strain the juice. Mix with fresh mint leaves, lime juice, and a hint of agave syrup.
  • Herbal Infusion Sangria Mocktail: Brew a strong hibiscus or herbal tea and chill it. Combine with cranberry juice, orange slices, and a sprig of rosemary.
  • Ginger Peach Sangria: Create a mixture of peach nectar and ginger syrup. Add sliced peaches and a squeeze of lemon for a zesty twist.
Sangria mocktail recipe
Hibiscus sangria mocktail
  • Pomegranate Basil Sangria Mocktail: Mix pomegranate juice, basil leaves, and a touch of lime juice. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and a fresh basil sprig.
  • Minty Green Tea Sangria: Brew green tea and let it cool. Combine with fresh mint leaves, cucumber slices, and a splash of lemon juice.
  • Blackberry Sage Sangria: Create a blackberry puree and add sage leaves for a unique herbal note. Mix with white grape juice and top with sparkling water.

Whether enjoyed on a warm summer day, at a festive gathering, or as a sophisticated non-alcoholic option, this sangria mocktail certainly impresses and satisfies you.