This Virgin Sangria Recipe Is Perfect for Summer

Virgin sangria

Jennifer Perillo 

Ratings (7)
  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Makes 2 quarts
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
136 Calories
3g Fat
27g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Makes 2 quarts
Amount per serving
Calories 136
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 240mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Protein 2g
Calcium 53mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Sangria is the quintessential summer drink, but let’s face it, not everyone wants a boozy cocktail, especially when the sun is blaring down. Say hello to virgin sangria, a fruity, refreshing drink everyone can enjoy, including kids. This virgin sangria recipe pays homage to the flavors of classic sangria, using red grape juice as the base instead of its fermented cousin, red wine. Since the fruit juices used here are already high in sugar, try to find a grape juice that is 100% juice with no added sugars, to avoid an overly sweet drink.

Fresh-squeezed orange juice makes all the difference here, so it’s worth seeking it out, or making yourself. The lemon and lime juices offer balance, cutting the natural sweetness of the grape juice, without adding any tartness. Again, as with the orange juice, fresh is best here, so avoid using pre-packaged lemon and lime juices. Get the kids involved, and let them squeeze the fresh juices, while you slice the rest of the fruit to fill the pitcher.

Virgin sangria is a stunning drink centerpiece for summer parties, and yet it’s effortless to make. Planning is the most important part of making sangria to ensure an icy cold beverage to quench thirsts on hot summer days. Be sure to chill it in the fridge at least four hours, and up to two days before serving. To keep it super cold for outdoor events, you can freeze half the citrus fruit before adding to the pitcher. The frozen fruit will keep the sangria cold without watering it down.

Sparkling apple cider adds a festive twist. Stir it into the sangria just before serving so it doesn’t lose its fizz. For a less sweet sangria, go ahead and swap in plain seltzer for the sparkling apple cider.

Ingredients

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  • 1 orange (sliced 1/4-inch thick)
  • 1 lemon (sliced 1/4-inch thick)
  • 1 lime (sliced 1/8-inch thick)
  • 2 ​apples (cored and chopped)
  • 3 cups red grape juice
  • 1 cups white grape juice
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 1 (25.4-ounce) bottle sparkling apple cider (plain seltzer is fine, too)

Steps to Make It

  1. Layer half of the orange, lemon, lime slices, and chopped apples in the bottom of a 4-quart glass pitcher. Repeat with the remaining fruit to create a second layer.

  2. Pour in the grape juices, orange, lemon, and lime juices. Use a long spoon or sturdy skewer to gently stir it until well mixed. Cover with a lid or plastic film, and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

  3. When ready to serve, add the sparkling cider to the pitcher. Stir gently to mix. Serve over ice. Alternately, you can serve the sparkling cider on the side, in case any guests prefer a non-carbonated sangria.