Non Alcoholic Sangria
This Non-Alcoholic Sangria drink is made with fresh fruit, fruit juices and fizzy soda to create that refreshing, red-colored sangria drink you’re familiar with — all without any alcohol!
I’m excited to share this virgin sangria recipe. Sangria is a pretty customizable drink, traditionally made with a combination of fruit juices, fresh fruit and a fizzy element. The juices blend really well together, and you can use whatever fruit is in season. However, the drink is technically made with wines and/or brandy, so I guess by “traditional” I mean: here’s how to make non alcoholic sangria. 😂
Why This Recipe Works
- Easily customizable. This recipe is a fun drink recipe to customize based off preferences or fruits in season. I’d stick to the recommended fruit juices, but after that, you can swap out the ginger ale for club soda or fizzy water and you can use difference fruits other than the ones I’ve used.
- Quick drink recipe that makes a lot. This recipe comes together so quickly and it makes a lot for large gatherings or yummy leftovers! Simply combine all the ingredients and store in the fridge to cool.
- No alcohol! This recipe is perfect because adults and kids can enjoy it! This ginger ale sangria is deliciously fizzy and fruity and a fun, special drink for everyone.
- Fruit: Use a collection of fruits like oranges, apples, pears and lemons washed and sliced with the peel still on. This will not only contribute to the flavor of the drink but it also look really pretty! You can use any seasonal fruits of preference.
- Grape Juice: To get the iconic color, use a purple grape juice.
- Apple Juice: I typically have the store-bought kind in jugs on hand (thanks to my kids).
- Orange Juice: You can use orange juice from concentrate, just make it into juice to use it.
- Ginger Ale: You can also use a carbonated mineral water or club soda for a less sweet drink.
- Combine all ingredients, except the soda or mineral water, in a large pitcher or punch bowl.
- Stir and let sit in the fridge for 2-4 hours. Remove from the fridge and stir in the soda. Serve cold.
You can use any array of seasonal fruit.
Chill time: 2 hours. Don’t chill too long or the fruit gets funky due to sitting in the juice for a while. (It will become mushy and discolored if you leave it there for 4+ hours.)
Optional fruits to use: blueberries, strawberries, peaches, blackberries, pineapples, etc.
Make Ahead, Storing, and Freezing
If making this recipe ahead of time, I would wait to add the sliced fruits until prior to serving or else the fruits will become discolored and get mushy (especially the pears).
Store in a pitcher in the fridge for 2-3 days. Note: Any leftover fruit in the pitcher may get mushy and discolored.
If you want to freeze this recipe to use later, I would recommend freezing the combination of fruit juices. If you freeze it with the fruit and the ginger ale, I would imagine the ginger ale would loose its fizziness and the fruit would get clumpy and mushy from being frozen and then thawed. The pears would maybe go brown too. Avoid those obstacles by just combining the fruit juices and freezing that mixture in an airtight container or Ziplock bag for up to 4 months. Remove from the freezer, thaw, then add the ginger ale and the fruit slices when ready to serve.
Sangria comes from the Spanish word sangre, which means “blood.” This will make sense after seeing the pictures of sangria because the drink has an iconic deep red color. I’ve never been to Spain, but according to my research, sangria is a traditional Spanish drink. However, after reading further online, I was surprised to find out that typically people who swoon over sangria in Spain are mostly tourists. So, if you get to Spain before me, drop me a note on what your take of sangria was.
According to Food & Wine, sangria is a wine-based drink that dates back to the Middle Ages. Water wasn’t very safe to drink, so often wine was consumed more. Vine Pair explains that the Spanish started making sangria with the grapes planted by the Romans; then fast forward to the 1700s and 1800s when people in England and France started making the drink. Finally, according to Food & Wine, Americans got on the sangria bandwagon during the 1964 World Fair in New York City.
Sangria is typically made of a collection of fruit juices, fruits, and a fizzy element, typically wine or brandy. In this recipe we are a non alcoholic sangria with ginger ale! You could also use a club soda
Other Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes
- Peach Punch
- Limeade Slush Punch
- Virgin Mint Julep
- Raspberry Mojito Mocktail
- Strawberry Lime Mojito Mocktail
- 1 apple - sliced and cored, keep peel on
- 1 orange - thinly sliced, peel on
- 1 pear - thinly sliced, peel on
- 1 lemon - sliced
- 3 1/2 cups grape juice
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1 cup orange juice
- 4 cups ginger ale - or carbonated mineral water for a less sweet drink
- Combine all ingredients (including the sliced fruit), except the soda or mineral water, in a large pitcher or punch bowl.
- Stir and let sit in fridge for 2-4 hours. Remove from fridge and stir in the soda.
- Serve cold.
This recipe was originally published on Fe.b 26, 2021. It was republished on Dec. 27, 2021, to include additional information and photos.