Non alcoholic winter sangria is an easy recipe to serve at your next holiday party. This drink is simple to make ahead and can be made in a pitcher or a punch bowl. It's simple to make a big batch for kids or for a crowd at Christmas or New Year's Eve.
For the Sangria
- 2 cups boiling water (240 ml)
- 2 tea bags
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar (50g)
- 1 cup pulp free orange juice (240 ml)
- 3 cups unsweetened cranberry juice (715 ml)
- 2 oranges, sliced
- 2 lemons, sliced
- 2 Granny Smith apples, sliced
- 1/2 cup cranberries, plus more for garnish
- 2 1/2 cups Welch's sparkling red grape juice (600 ml)
- 1 cinnamon stick
For Decorating the Rims
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup (60 ml)
- 1/4 cup demerara sugar (48g)
Making Sangria in a Pitcher
- Layer the sliced fruit and cranberries in your glass pitcher.
- Put two black tea bags on top of the fruit and pour 2 cups of boiling water over them. Let the tea steep for 5 minutes, making sure the tea bags are submerged in the water. Remove the tea bags and mix in the sugar.
- Mix in the cranberry and orange juice and add the cinnamon stick.
- Cover and refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours. The longer it sits, the better the drink will taste.
- Remove the fruit from the pitcher and place in a large bowl. Discard the cinnamon stick.
- Decorate the rims of the glasses according to the directions below.
- Just before serving, fill a 17-ounce stemless wine glass 1/4 full with sparkling grape juice. Next, fill the glass 2/3 full with the sangria mixture. Gently stir, then add the soaked fruit. Top up with more sangria mixture and a few more cranberries.
Making Sangria in a Punch Bowl
- Follow steps 1 to 4 from above.
- Just before serving, pour the sangria mixture and the soaked fruit into a punch bowl, then stir in the sparkling grape juice. You want the ratio to be 3/4 sangria mixture to 1/4 sparkling grape juice, because the grape juice will over power the drink if it is increased.
- Float cranberries, star anise, or slices of fruit in the punch bowl.
Decorating the Rims of the Glasses
- Carefully dip the rim of the glass in the corn syrup, then in the demerara sugar. If there is too much corn syrup applied, it will start to drip down the glass.
- Feel free to dip the rims of the glasses ahead of time, or put out the corn syrup and demerara sugar on small plates for guests to dip their own glasses.
- Make the drink mixture ahead of time, at least 4 to 24 hours, so don't be in a rush.
- Add the sparkling grape juice just before serving for the most bubbles and the prettiest drink.
- Use decaf black tea if serving later in the evening so it doesn't keep them awake. Your guests will thank you.
- Category: Beverage
- Method: Mixed
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: non alcoholic sangria with sparkling grape juice, traditional sangria recipe nonalcoholic