We usually think of Sangria as Spanish-style punch, involving fruit and alcohol, particularly red wine. However, from what we could find, there’s no traditional go-to recipe to follow when you’re wanting to create this refreshing summer drink. Rather, there’s a huge variety of complex and delicious flavour combinations that you could put together and legitimately get away with calling it a 'Sangria'.
We love this freedom and flexibility! So, when it came to creating a non-alcoholic version of this famous drink, it was easy to come up with something delicious. In fact, it was so good that we received loads of unsolicited compliments from various alcohol-consuming friends at a recent cocktail party we attended. Now that’s saying something!
What you need to make a non-alcoholic Sangria
- 1 bottle of non-alcoholic red wine (we used Plus & Minus Shiraz)
- 150 mls of non-alcoholic gin (we used Lyre’s Pink London Spirit)
- 1 lemon cut into wedges
- 1 orange cut into wedges
- 1 lime cut into wedges
- 1 cup of frozen strawberries
- 1 small can of diced pineapples (with juice)
- 1 litre of dry ginger ale
- Orange juice or lemonade to sweeten to taste (optional)
How to make your non-alcoholic Sangria
- Squeeze the juice from the lemon, orange and lime wedges into a large jug.
- Remove any visible seeds from the fruit wedges then toss them into the jug along with the bottle of non-alcoholic red wine.
- Add in the diced pineapples with the juice and the non-alcoholic gin. Chill in the fridge overnight if time allows – remembering that the best Sangrias are chilled around 24 hours to allow the flavours to really marinate into each other.
- When you’re ready to serve, add in chilled ginger ale and frozen strawberries.
- Before serving, check the taste and if you want to sweeten things up a little, add in some orange juice or lemonade. We didn’t add any to ours, but this is entirely optional if you prefer sweet over dry beverages.
- Enjoy over ice.
Makes approximately 8 cups