Virgin Sangria - Mocktail Recipe

Virgin sangria

The Spruce / Jennifer Perillo 

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Chill: 4 hrs
Total: 4 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Yield: 2 quarts
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
278 Calories
1g Fat
72g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 278
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 17mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 72g 26%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 52g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 246mg 1,229%
Calcium 123mg 9%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 815mg 17%
*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 prepackaged 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.


  • 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 cup white grape juice

  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1 (25 7/16-ounce) bottle sparkling apple cider, or plain seltzer

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

Recipe Variation

  • 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.