Non Alcoholic Sangria
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Most people have heard of and/or enjoyed a glass of Sangria at some time in their lives but many have no idea where this drink came from.
According to Wikipedia, the word “sangria” is Spanish and means “bloody” or refers to the red wines that are enjoyed in summer. This rather unappetizing name was given to a punch made with wine and other ingredients that was common on the Iberian Peninsula.
Since the drink traditionally uses red wine, the reference to “bloody” seems to fit. The Spanish folks generally used Tempranillo, Rioja or Grenache. Others in Europe made their drinks with available red wines.
With all that said, can people who don’t want to consume alcohol enjoy this type of drink?
Yes, they can, though traditionalists might consider the non-alcoholic version to be no more than a fancy punch.
Sangria usually contains other ingredients like sliced fruits, some sort of sweetener (sugar, orange juice, sugar), carbonated soda and ice.
Some fortify their Sangria with brandy or other alcohol spirits. All but the alcohol would work quite well with non-alcohol versions of Sangria.
Sangria, Hold the Alcohol
Most of the information about non alcoholic Sangria refers to personal taste and choice when it comes to ingredients. This is also true of Sangria that contains alcohol. People have come up with dozens of recipes that contain various amounts of alcohol.
With both non-alcoholic and alcoholic Sangria, red wine gives the drink its color and name.
Some people have, however, decided to create a version lighter in color using white wine or some clear liquid for their “punch” versions (for more information please have a look on my White wine Sangria recipe article).
In fact, some Spanish residents make their Sangria with fruit such as peaches. Mixing the ingredients, including fruit, and letting it sit in the refrigerator for several hours is highly recommended, with or without alcohol.
Part of the fun of enjoying Sangria is the creation of the recipe and the preparation of the ingredients.
A few companies have introduced pre-bottled Sangria but these are not widely used by true Sangria lovers. In fact, a non-alcohol type of “Sangria” is available pre-bottled. It’s made using juice from grapes, carbonated water, lemon and sugar.
As you make your plans to enjoy non alcohol Sangria, consider that it is traditional to prepare a larger amount and keep it in a pitcher that can be poured as needed. The drink can be made in even larger amounts and served from a punch bowl, for such occasions as weddings etc.
Two non alcoholic Sangria recipes
At such culinary specialty sites as Cooks.com, non-alcoholic Sangria contains:
- ¼ cup of sugar
- 1 cup of orange juice
- ½ fresh lemon, ½ fresh orange
- 1 apple or peach
- 4 cups of club soda or seltzer water
- 4 cups of grape juice
Recipezaar.com has it this way:
- 4 cups cranberry-grape juice
- 1 cup orange juice
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1 pear
- 1 apple
- 3 cups carbonated lemon-lime beverage
Both of these popular non alcoholic Sangria recipes also suggest proper amounts of ice and refrigeration
BEFORE consumption! That’s what makes Sangria such a refreshing summertime drink.
Almost every non-alcohol Sangria recipe calls for a small amount of sugar, soda water and grape juice
. Garnishes and fruit range from oranges, apples, peaches and even Maraschino cherries.
One popular recipe also makes use of prepared fruit juices and punches, such as the classic Hi-C. One benefit of using this commercial juice is that the flavor of the non-alcohol Sangria can be varied from time to time.
One final look at non alcoholic Sangria recipes
- Consider using juice from red grapes, pink grapefruit juice, orange juice and some lime juice
- Cut thin slices of fresh orange and lime
- This non-alcoholic drink can be enhanced by actually using table grapes as part of the mix.
For all of these great party drinks be sure to have plenty of fresh ingredients and juice on hand!
Set your pitcher, measuring cup and other “hardware” out so that you won’t have to look for them when the time comes.
When family and friends are gathering on a summer evening, these non-alcoholic Sangria recipes will definitely be a favorite. Make both an alcohol and non-alcohol version so that the entire party is covered.
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