Sangria!

Sangria!

Sangria, without alcohol
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
SolarFestRemember 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!

sangria fruit

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!

Non alcoholic sangriaHappy 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?

Sangria Mocktail

Serving Size: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 cups of water in a saucepan to boiling and add 2 black tea bags and 2 cinnamon sticks.
  2. Remove from heat and let steep for 5 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons of sugar and mix until dissolved.
  3. To a large pitcher add the freshly squeezed orange juice, pomegranate juice, tea mixture and sliced fruit mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Refrigerate overnight for best results.
  5. Before serving add in some seltzer water and a few pieces of the fruit for good measure!
  6. Sip and enjoy!
http://www.notquitegourmet.com/2014/06/26/sangria/

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2 Comments

  1. Thank you, Thalia for stopping by! So happy you will be making this – it is my new favorite drink. The last batch I made I cut out the sugar completely and did not miss it at all! PS- you have a beautiful blog!!!

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