A good sangria is a signature mixed drink to offer at any warm-weather gathering, but this refreshing drink isn’t suitable for everyone. If you’re pregnant, sober, or abstaining from alcoholic beverages for any reason, then you need a solid virgin sangria mocktail recipe so that you can still enjoy the drink.
Lucky for you, we’re sharing a great non-alcoholic sangria recipe today, which includes the use of fruit juices, fresh herbs, fresh fruit, and carbonated water. Today’s recipe is inspired by Recipes from a pantry by Bintu’s virgin sangria recipe.
To learn more about how to prepare this mocktail punch at your favorite gatherings, keep reading. We’ll share tips for preparation, as well as information regarding prep time, nutritional content, ingredients, and any other materials you’ll need. Without further ado, let’s get into the recipe!
How to Make Virgin Sangria Mocktail
Some of the most signature ingredients in a sangria recipe include wine (usually red), fresh fruit, carbonated water, sugar, fresh herbs, and fruit juice. Since sangria is traditional in Spain, the traditional recipes often call for local fruits, which include peaches, pears, berries, and/or lime.
Since virgin sangria nixes the use of alcohol, though, wine must be replaced with a similar fruity beverage, which happens to be fruit juice. The closest thing to red wine without alcohol? We recommend going with a grape juice base.
You also want to add carbonated water or club soda in order to give the punch some fizz. But if you want to make it easier on yourself, you can always use a sparkling grape juice to combine those two components. And of course, you want to garnish and add subtle flavor to the mocktail by using fresh herbs, such as mint or basil.
As for kitchen materials, you’ll need a knife and cutting board to slice your fruit, a good amount of ice, a pitcher, a long-handled mixing spoon, and a liquid measuring cup. Aside from that, consider the following recipe information:
- Servings: 6 servings
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Chill Time: 1-2 hours
- Calories: about 1025 calories total
Tips & Tricks
When making a virgin mixed drink, there are some steps you can take along the way to ensure that your final product is as close to its alcoholic counterpart as possible.
Chill Before Ice
No matter what ingredients you plan to use in your virgin sangria mocktail, you should always chill the mixture before you add ice. This way, you can avoid the possibility of watering down your sangria mixture.
Make Fruit Juice Ice Cubes
Another way to avoid watering down your sangria is to make your ice cubes out of your chosen fruit juice instead of water. As they melt, they’ll just add more fruity, sweet goodness to your sangria.
Swap with White Grape Juice
If you want to try out a white sangria, rather than the classic red sangria, you can always opt for white grape juice. Welch’s also makes a white sparkling grape juice that works well for this type of recipe.
Keep the Peel
When chopping your sangria fruit and slicing your garnishes, make sure to leave the peel on. While it’s more of an aesthetic touch, doing so will make your sangria prettier at the end of the day.
Buy Juice and Club Soda Separately
If you want your sangria to be more on the fruity side and less on the fizzy side, you can always buy grape juice and soda water separately. This way, you can play around with the ratios until you get the ideal mixture to please your taste buds.
What can I replace alcohol with in virgin drinks?
There are lots of options for mocktail recipes when it comes to replacing alcohol, including ginger soda, soda water, fruit juice, flavoring syrups with soda water, and more. You can even find alcohol-free wines or fruit juices to replace wine and other alcoholic ingredients.
Can any cocktail be made virgin?
Although certain cocktails will taste a lot different from their alcoholic counterparts when you make them “virgin”, it can always be done. Non-alcoholic mixers such as soda water, fruit juice, and other drinks can be used in place of liquors, wines, and other alcoholic beverages.
What is virgin sangria made of?
When you make virgin sangria, it is going to be more akin to a fruit punch since the wine will be swapped for fruit juices and soda water. It still contains the classic fresh fruit that alcoholic sangria contains, and many virgin recipes maintain the use of fresh herbs, as well.
Is sangria a wine?
Sangria is technically not a wine on its own, as it’s really more of a mixed drink containing wine. Its origins are Spain and Portugal, where the beverage is prepared in different ways. Today, there are many variations of sangria, but the alcoholic base is usually red wine (for red sangria) or white wine (for white sangria).
If you’ve been looking for the perfect virgin sangria mocktail recipe, then look no further! Hopefully, our ingredient and recipe guide has given you all the tips that you need to make a delicious, non-alcoholic mix that’s as close to the original as possible.