Virgin Red Sangria

Traditional sangria is a chilled Spanish drink made with wine and fresh fruit. This Virgin Red Sangria replaces the wine with grape juice for the whole family to enjoy. (If you drink alcohol and would rather use wine, see the notes below.)  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 and, as a bonus, you can snack on the fruit. What’s not to love, right?

Ingredient Notes

  • Grape Juice – Grape juice is creates a lovely base for this sangria. If you’d rather, feel free to replace it with a bottle of red wine.
  • Fruit – I’ve listed a variety of citrus and apples here, but feel free to play around with the the fruits added here. Since the peels are going right in the drink here, give your lemon, lime, orange, and apple a quick wash with a touch of dish soap or vinegar to ensure they are nice and clean.

How to Make Virgin Red Sangria

  1. You’ll need grape juice, apple juice concentrate, limes, lemons, an apple, an orange, and sparkling water or club soda. Core 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
  2. Juice a lemon and a lime and add it to the pitcher. Add 3 cups of grape juice and apple juice concentrate and then refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. 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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Serving Suggestions

This Virgin Red Sangria is a great choice for brunch, mother’s day, a summer barbecue, or an afternoon by the pool. Its light, refreshing flavors pair well with other bright, fresh ingredients like Latin cuisine or meat and veggies off the grill.

If you’re interested in some other drinks, take a look at these:

Brazilian Lemonade

Sunrise Punch

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Virgin White Peach Sangria

Banana Slush Punch

Slushy Peach Punch


  • Can I make this ahead of time? If making within about 5 hours of serving, make as directed above and store in the fridge, adding the sparkling water or club soda right before serving. If you need to prep earlier than that, slice up your fruit up to a day ahead of time and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Mix up the juices and refrigerate. A few hours before serving, add fruit to the pitcher and allow to rest in the fridge for flavors to come together. Add the sparkling water or club soda and ice immediately before serving.

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Virgin Red 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 and, as a bonus, you can snack on the fruit.
Total Time 10 minutes


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


  • 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.
  • 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: 4g
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Questions & Reviews

  1. 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!

  2. 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!!

  3. 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.

  4. I made this drink tonight for a birthday party! It was so good!! My husband said this is a keeper! Thanks for sharing!

  5. 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!

  6. Thanks for this. I’m with you – the sangria looks so pretty and refreshing, but I’m not interested in the wine. Your version sounds wonderful!

  7. 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.

  8. This sounds fantastic! I have a question though – do you eat the fruit too or is it just for flavor?

  9. Yummy! I love to make this but prefer using white grape juice and I love adding berries. I’m so glad you shared this!

  10. I was just thinking I needed a virgin cocktail for Mother’s Day! Thanks fo this!!!

  11. 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

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. I used to looovvveeee sangria but now I am a non drinker. This recipe looks delish! Thank you 🙂

  16. 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.