Sangria is one of my favorite drinks, but you may be wondering why you would want to take the alcohol out of it. That's a fair question. There are several reasons why you may want to try a non-alcoholic sangria. This mocktail is perfect not only for people who don't drink, but it's also great for baby showers, kids' parties, or if you want a light, refreshing drink while the kids are at school.
My sparkling sangria mocktail, or as my husband and I have been calling it, my Air Quote Sangria is really very simple and quite tasty.
You will need white grape juice, cranberry juice, Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer water, and whatever fruit you like or is in season. For my sangria, we used blueberries, strawberries, a Granny Smith apple, a Honeycrisp apple, a lemon, and an orange for some fall flavor. By using seasonal fruit you can easily change up the flavor while still using the same basic recipe.
HOW TO MAKE A NON-ALCOHOLIC SANGRIA MOCKTAIL
Now that you have your ingredients, you're ready to make this super simple virgin sangria. First, chop up your fruit and put it all in a good-sized pitcher. This is more of a method than a recipe so you can use as much or as little fruit as you prefer depending on your likes and size of your pitcher. I have included my measurements in the recipe card below as a guide.
To the fruit, add the white grape and cranberry juice in a two to three ratio. For example, I used two cups of cranberry juice and three cups of white grape juice. To the juice, you will add one and a half cans of lemon-lime Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer water. Let your sangria mocktail chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours.
I love that this mocktail gives me the feeling of drinking a real sangria without having to keep track of how many glasses I've had. If I want to sit out on my back deck with a book and a pitcher, I can do that. If my children want a sip, they can have it. Or if I am entertaining a pregnant friend, I have something more fun than plain old water to offer her. The Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer water also adds a nice bite to it, almost like the real thing.
Feel free to mix it up with your choice of juices and fruit and instead of lemon-lime Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer water, you could also try their mandarin or original flavors. Since the juice is already sweet there is no need for extra sugar which makes Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer water the perfect choice. It is unsweetened and has zero calories but adds just the right amount of flavor and bubbles.
- 3 cups white grape juice
- 2 cups cranberry juice
- 1 1/2 cans lemon-lime Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer water
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1/2 Granny Smith apple
- 1/2 Honeycrisp apple
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 orange
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- Cut up the fruit and add it to a pitcher
- To the fruit, add the juice and Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer water
- Refrigerate for at least two hours
Double this recipe to make a full pitcher for larger gatherings.
You may want to double the recipe for larger gatherings. The amount in the photos is the amount the recipe makes as written.
TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR MOCKTAIL EXTRA SPECIAL
- Instead of just adding sugar or using a bottled syrup, make your own simple syrup using a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water.
- Use seasonal fruit for a new twist at any time of year.
- Try adding fresh herbs like mint and basil to kick it up a notch.
- Use attractive pitchers and glassware like wine, martini, or highball glasses.
- Serve with a garnish for an added touch.
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