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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.
Mocktail drinks are perfect not only for people who don’t drink, but they’re also great for kids’ parties, baby showers, or if you want a light and refreshing drink in the hot summer months.
My sparkling sangria mocktail or Air Quote Sangria is really very simple to make and tastes delicious.
You will need white grape juice, cranberry juice, lemon-lime sparkling seltzer water, and whatever fruit you like or is in season.
For this particular sangria mocktail, 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.
You might also like this watermelon mojito mocktail recipe.
How to make a non-alcoholic sangria mocktail
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 the size of your pitcher.
I have included my measurements in the recipe card below as a guide.
To the fruit, add 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, add one and a half cans of lemon-lime sparkling seltzer water.
Once everything is mixed together in a pitcher, let the sangria mocktail chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving.
This non-alcoholic sangria gives the feeling of drinking a real sangria without having to worry about alcohol. This is why it’s a perfect drink for kids and baby showers.
If you just want to make a pitcher and sit out on the back deck with a book and a pitcher, you can do that. If the children want a sip, they can have it. Or if you are entertaining a pregnant friend, you will have something more fun than plain old water to offer.
Feel free to mix it up with your choice of juices and fruit and instead of lemon-lime sparkling seltzer water, you could also try mandarin or original flavors. Or even Sprite or ginger ale.
Since the juice and fruit is already sweet there is no need for extra sugar which is why we prefer to make ours with flavored seltzer instead of soda.
- 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.
And there you have it! A perfect mocktail sangria to make for the kids, a shower, or any time you want something with a little pizzazz!