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.


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


  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. 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.

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