This Virgin Sangria Mocktail is the perfect drink to sip on a hot day. Bursting with fresh fruit and fruit juices, this non-alcoholic sangria is just as delicious and refreshing as the real thing AND you can enjoy it on your Whole30!
2018 was the year that I decided to cut out most alcohol. It was never something that was out of control for me, but as I got older I REALLY hated the way any drink made me feel. It really takes a toll on you the next day.
Thanks to a January Whole30, I realized the fatigue after drinking just isn't worth it, so I really only drink if I'm okay with the following day being a bust.
I still love the aesthetic of holding a drink in my hand and the crispness of something cold and bubbly. I usually settle for kombucha, but I've been on a mocktail kick, so here we are.
This virgin sangria mocktail is made with pomegranate juice and some simple fruits for a cocktail-like flavor. All of the flavor without any of the fatigue!
💭 What is Sangria?
Sangria is an alcoholic beverage. A punch, the sangria traditionally consists of red wine and chopped fruit, often with other ingredients such as orange juice or brandy.
💗 Why You'll Love this Recipe
This virgin sangria mocktail packs so much fruity flavor that you won't miss the spiked version.
You can make a batch on a hot day and customize to your tastes!
It's perfect for summer backyard gatherings. Kids and adults alike will LOVE this drink. Not to mention, there's no hangover!
🍏Ingredients You’ll Need
Pomegranate Juice (no sugar) - Be sure to grab pomegranate juice without any added sugar. Read those labels!
Sparkling Water or Seltzer - adds some bubbles. You can use unflavored or a fun flavor.
Lime (juiced) & Orange (juiced) - gives this cocktail a good balance of tart and sweet flavors.
Chopped Fruit - Try a variety of fruits to add-in. I used orange (sliced in rounds), lime (sliced in rounds) and red and green apple (diced).
📖 How To Make Non-Alcoholic Sangria
1️⃣ To make one gallon of sangria mocktail, add pomegranate juice (or white grape juice) and sparkling water to a large pitcher or punch bowl.
2️⃣ Slice fruit and add it to the juice mixture.
3️⃣ Squeeze fresh juice from limes and oranges into mixture.
4️⃣ Stir together and let chill in fridge for at LEAST 4 hours before serving cold.
👩🏻🍳 Chef’s Tips & Flavor Variations
Try using one of the MANY flavors of sparking water (if you use lemon-lime flavored seltzer, you're in for a real treat).
Freezing the pomegranate (or grape) juice before mixing it in will keep it cold longer. The juice chills the sangria as it melts.
Get fancy. Muddle fresh rosemary in a cocktail glass, fill the glass with ice, pour in sangria and stir.
It's best to make this non-alcoholic sangria a day in advance, so the juices have plenty of time to merry together.
When serving, fill individual glasses ¾ of the way full and top the rest with seltzer for some extra fizz.
🍹Adding Alcohol To Sangria
Transforming this sangria into the real deal is super simple and the adults in your life will thank you for it. It's best to spike individual glasses rather than the whole pitcher just in case someone doesn't want booze. To add alcohol:
1️⃣ Fill a tall glass with ice. Add a quarter cup of red wine, followed by an optional .75 ounces of dark rum or brandy and then top off the glass with virgin sangria mocktail mixture.
2️⃣ Stir well, garnish with additional fruit and drink responsibly! 😉
🔁 Storing & Freezing
Storing Leftover Sangria: Store sangria the way you would any opened container of fruit juice. Pour into a glass container with a tight-fitting lid and store in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.
Freezing: You can freeze virgin sangria for up to 6 months. To freeze single-servings, you can use those sphere whiskey ice molds or popsicle molds. Thaw before serving OR you can eat it frozen like a snow cone!
More Drink Recipes
Yes! Frozen peaches, berries, kiwi, pineapple etc. are all delicious in sangria.
Traditionally sangria is served cold so be sure to store it in the refrigerator before guests arrive. You can also serve individual servings on the rocks.
Yes. Use white grape juice instead of pomegranate. If adding alcohol use white wine and optional white rum.
Alcohol is a no-go but you can absolutely enjoy a Whole30 mocktail.
- 4 cups Pomegranate Juice no sugar added
- 10 cups Sparkling Water
- 1 Lime Juiced
- 1 Orange Juiced
- 1 Orange sliced in rounds
- 1 Lime sliced in rounds
- 1 Red Apple diced
- 1 Green Apple diced
- Add all ingredients to a 1 gallon container and stir gently.
- Allow sangria to chill in fridge for at least 2 hours before serving.
- Serve over ice.