I have a delicious drink recipe to share with you today! A refreshing sangria cocktail full of juicy fruit, fresh juice and a little bubbly! Read on…
I am not a stranger to sangria….I have been enjoying it for years. Sweet Z and I brought along a batch of homemade sangria on one of our first dates…
Remember the summer party I had? The one with grilled pizzas, kale salad, and bourbon salted caramel ice cream? Yes, there was sangria there as well! It is sangria time once again!
Here I am, a few years later, seeking more sangria recipes but with a few changes. For starters, I had to leave out the wine. (Insert ‘wah wah’ sad trombone audio here) I knew this sangria recipe had to have more than an assortment of commercial sugary juices to make up for this major loss.
Wine has tannins and I needed to find a recipe that would mimic the tannins in red wine. Thankfully, The Kitchn, came to the rescue. It was suggested that the tannins in pomegranate juice and black tea would produce a flavor similar to the tannins in red wine!
I steeped the black tea with the cinnamon stick then added a touch of sugar. Confession, the recipe called for a half cup of sugar. Firstly, I made a half batch in my initial trial to see what the end result would taste like. However, I didn’t feel comfortable using even 1/4 cup of sugar in the sangria recipe. I wanted to see if the natural sugars of the fruit, combined with a tablespoon of sugar and tart pomegranate juice would be enough sweetness. I combined everything up and let it sit overnight. Patience is becoming a bit more difficult!
Happy hour finally arrived the next evening and I was excited to ditch my usual seltzer! I poured some sangria mixture into a wine glass, added some of the fruit along with a splash of seltzer and sipped. The results were one incredibly refreshing drink! Sweet Z agreed. I did not miss the wine at all! (Did I really just type that?) It is true!
I am making a batch of this mocktail sangria to share at our baby shower this weekend. It is a perfectly refreshing drink for a summer afternoon or evening! Now, if I can just figure out how to make a cucumber mocktail gin and tonic…anybody have any tips?
- Recipe slightly adapted from The Kitchn
- 2 cups boiling water
- 2 black tea bags
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 T. sugar
- 3 cups pomegranate juice
- 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 orange, sliced into thin rounds
- 1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds
- 1 lime, sliced into thin rounds
- 1 apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
- Other fruits to consider adding in: sliced strawberries, nectarines, blueberries, grapes
- 3 cups carbonated water
- Heat 2 cups of water in a saucepan to boiling and add 2 black tea bags and 2 cinnamon sticks.
- Remove from heat and let steep for 5 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons of sugar and mix until dissolved.
- To a large pitcher add the freshly squeezed orange juice, pomegranate juice, tea mixture and sliced fruit mixture and stir to combine.
- Refrigerate overnight for best results.
- Before serving add in some seltzer water and a few pieces of the fruit for good measure!
- Sip and enjoy!