Spring is in full swing and that means fresh fruit and parties! Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, baby showers, and birthdays are happening all around. Every fun party deserves a fun beverage, and even those of us who don’t consume alcohol want a fabulous drink!
There could be any number of reasons why you will have party guests who need a mocktail (a fun, non-alcoholic drink). Some people choose not to on moral grounds, others because of pregnancy or health concerns, some because they are children, and others because of alcohol issues. Whatever the reason, this springtime sangria mocktail is the perfect drink for any event!
Since nobody in our house drinks alcohol, but we all like having something fun to drink, I set out last Easter to create a sangria mocktail. I was SO excited, but it was a complete and total FLOP! When you’re combining several ideas you find online into some new creation, you can tend to have some bumps in the road. That’s okay, though. I was determined to have a great drink for all of our spring and summer. So, as soon as the tasty spring and summer fruits that I love so much came out, I was back at the drawing board. Much to everyone’s pleasure at this year’s Easter brunch, we had a successful non-alcoholic sangria!
I’m pretty sure the best part about this recipe is that it is insanely easy to make. All you have to do is know how to open a can and use a knife and measuring cup. Chop up your bigger fruit and toss it in the bowl. Put the smaller berries in the bowl whole. Open the containers of apple juice concentrate and pour them over the top of the fruit. After a while in the fridge for the flavors to mingle, pour the sparkling water in and stir. That’s it. It’s really that simple. As a bonus, it makes enough to satisfy an army! If you have a small family or are hosting a more intimate gathering, it might be best to cut the recipe in half. Now it’s time for you to go grab some fruit and make this for your family!
- 2 limes
- 4 small or 3 large peaches
- 2 pounds strawberries
- 1 1/2 heaping cups blueberries
- 1 1/2 heaping cups blackberries
- 1 1/2 heaping cups raspberries
- 3 12 oz containers frozen apple juice concentrate
- Up to 1/2 cup of water (as needed)
- 6 cups seltzer water
- Defrost frozen apple juice. Preferably do this in the fridge, the night before making your sangria. In a pinch you can put them in a dish of warm water while preparing the fruit.
- Find 1 or 2 large containers to put your sangria in. Whatever you have will do- pitchers, punch bowls, sun tea containers, etc.
- Slice limes
- Chop peaches and strawberries into bite-sized pieces.
- Divide all fruit between your containers.
- Pour defrosted apple juice over the fruit.
- Add up to 1/2 cup water (total, not per container) as needed. You want to be sure the liquid completely covers the fruit. If it is a little short, add the water.
- Refrigerate the fruit for at least 12 hours to 'marinate'.
- When you are ready to serve the sangria, add the seltzer water and stir.