Virgin Red Sangria

Summer time is well on its way, which means it’s time to celebrate! And just to make the celebration complete, we’re serving up sangria today. Except that we don’t drink, so this batch is non-alcoholic, although if you prefer, substituting the grape juice with a bottle of red wine is an easy fix.

Now…when I say I don’t drink, I really don’t–like…ever. Never. And yet when I was pregnant with my now-baby, I had the most intense, overwhelming craving for sangria (which I had never actually even tasted). In Mexican and Italian restaurants, I would longingly watch people with their pitchers of sangria while I sipped my water and wished I was not smelling food. In the depths of morning sickness, this virgin sangria recipe was literally the only thing that did not make me want to lie on the bathroom floor and die. I went through gallons of grape juice a week–I would pour this over big cups completely filled with ice and sip it and chew on the grape juice-flavored ice and I swear to you all, nothing before or since has ever tasted so amazing.

So come Mother’s Day, whether it’s for a Mother’s Day breakfast or an afternoon barbecue on the deck, this is the perfect drink. It’s easy, it’s quick, it’s delicious and refreshing. Kids and adults love it, you can snack on the fruit. What’s not to love, right?

You’ll need grape juice, apple juice concentrate, limes, lemons, an apple, an orange, and sparkling water or club soda.

virgin sangria ingredientsCore the apple and cut it into 8-12 slices. Place in a serving pitcher. Wash and slice a lime, lemon (flick the seeds out), and then orange and add them to the pitcher.

sliced fruit in pitcher for sangria

Juice a lemon and a lime and add it to the pitcher. Add 3 cups of grape juice and apple juice concentrate and refrigerate until ready to serve. Immediately before serving, add 1 3/4 cups sparkling water or club soda and serve over ice. Makes 4-6 servings (4 is generous).

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Virgin Sangria


This Virgin Sangria is a great summer time drink! It’s easy, it’s quick, it’s delicious and refreshing. Kids and adults love it, you can snack on the fruit. What’s not to love, right?


  • 1 apple
  • 2 limes, washed
  • 2 lemons, washed
  • 1 orange
  • 3/4 cup apple juice concentrate
  • 3 cups grape juice*
  • 1 3/4 cups sparkling water or club soda


  1. Core the apple and cut it into 8-12 slices. Place the slices in a serving pitcher. Slice the lime, lemon (seed it), and orange and place them in the in pitcher. Juice another lime and lemon and add the juice to the pitcher. Add the apple juice concentrate and grape juice.
  2. Chill until ready to serve. Immediately before serving, add the sparkling water or club soda and serve over ice, trying to get some of the fruit into each glass.



  • *Red wine can be substituted for grape juice if desired


  • Serving Size: 4




  1. Sangrias have to be the prettiest drink ever. As a nondrinker as well, they are the only drink I drool over. Thanks for the recipe. Will certainly have to give this a try.

  2. Hooray! Something this pregnant gal can drink on Mother’s Day! I was going to make your delicious lemonade – but this is calling my name even louder!

  3. This does look very tasty:) I have a ??, pls. don’t laugh! I’m not clear on the apple juice concentrate thing – is that frozen juice thawed?? I’m thinking that’s right but maybe there is something else. Thanks.

  4. YUM! I was the same way with cold fruity drinks during my last pregnancy.
    I ordered slushies from anyone that had them & made frequent trips to the QT! I wanted fuity sweet cold goodness!

  5. There must be something about having fruity fizzy drinks while pregnant or just having given birth. After my last delivery, the nurses present the new mothers with a special “mommy drink” to replenish her famished-self. It consisted of cranberry juice, orange juice, and a tiny bit of sprite. It was so yummy!! I kept asking for more and more and MORE! This juice sounds delish! Perfect for Mother’s Day!

    1. Oh my gosh, while I was reading this post that was the only thing I could think of! I have been longing for a home birth, but the thought of missing out on that amazing drink makes me sad. 🙂 I have tried a variation of it outside of the “just giving birth” stage and it is never, ever the same. Literally, nothing has ever tasted better than my “special mommy drink”. Ever.

      1. YES!!! My sister and I deliver at the same hospital and she may have ordered herself multiple “cocktails” when she came to visit me when I had my baby. Mine I think also had apple juice in it, and I to have tried to replicate it with no success

  6. I was at a bridal shower last weekend that had several types of sangria, as well as a make your own sangria bar with lots of cut up fruits and berries. Since I’m pregnant I added fruit and seltzer to the lemonade they had and it was amazing. A similar idea for those of us not so into grape juice.

  7. I am nearly ecstatic right now! My friends often make sangria for events and I’m always a little sad that I don’t drink when I see that beautiful drink! Thanks for sharing this!

  8. Just got home from Vancouver BC where everyone but myself and my son were indulging in sangrias while enjoying fish and chips in Stanley Park. iI almost helped myself to a glass even though I don’t drink alcohol—ever. It was so beautiful. Their pitcher had blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and citrus. I don’t know what I’m fixing for dinner tonight but I will be making a version of this. I’m thinking of adding either lemon lime or ginger ale in place of the soda water. And changing up the fruit. Yum! Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. I see another comment wondering about the apple juice concentrate… I can not find it anywhere in the stores! But all it is is the thawed frozen apple juice??? Who would’ve thunk! 🙂 THanks!!

  10. I absolutely love this!! I made it this morning and my ENTIRE family LOVES it, which is very rare for our fam of 4!! Thank you for sharing!

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