Day of the Dead Non-Alcoholic Sangria Recipe
Day of the Dead celebrations are some of my favorite! And a good non-alcoholic sangria is the perfect party beverage for the whole family. As a non drinker I try to find fun ways to serve drinks that don't make adults feel like they are sitting at the kiddie table.
Red Sangria Recipe Ingredients
- Rooibos Red Tea
- Orange Juice
- Pomegranate Juice
- Sparkling water
- Fruit of your choice: Apple, Orange, Lime, Lemon, Raspberries, etc.
Get Slicing for Fruity Sangria
You want your slices to be thin and none of the pieces too large so you can actually fit a little drink in your cup! It's also hard to pour when the pieces are large. Part of the fun of sangria is being able to snack on the fruit as you sip. So next time I think I'm going to dice the apples a little smaller and add some raspberries.
Mix the Juices
It's super easy to mix all the juices together. But HOLD OFF on the sparkling water. Since this version is non-alcoholic starting with a base of strong red tea was important to elevate it past a typical punch. My body can't handle caffeine so the rooibos red tea is caffeine free but you can easily substitute black tea here if you'd like an extra kick.
This is where I like to add the cinnamon. You can add a couple cinnamon sticks to steep or sprinkle in some ground cinnamon. I don't mind the spices in my drink but if you want to avoid any grit try the sticks. Also stir in the agave nectar here. Start with 2 Tablespoons if you like your drinks on the sweeter side, cut it in half if you don't.
Add Fruits and Wait
Part of what makes non-alcoholic sangria great is the marriage of all the flavors. Adding the fruit to the pitcher and letting it steep mixes the flavors and adds a lovely citrus zest.
Be careful however not to let it sit too long or the lemon and lime peels will add bitterness instead. I like to put the citrus in last and only let it sit for 15 minutes or so. But I've ruined batches of sangria before so I'm a little paranoid!
Serve Up Your Non-Alcoholic Sangria
If making this non-alcoholic sangria for a crowd you'll want to prepare several pitchers. Then add the San Pellegrino in right before serving so you get a nice sparkle. Test it one last time and add additional agave nectar now if desired.
For intimate gatherings I like to prepare individual glasses with fruit and juices. Then guests can add a splash of San Pellegrino when they arrive and the party is started! For the kids I also found these amazing sugar skull mugs with LIDS to protect my house from this lovely red liquid. Once they've had their liquid, take the lid off and let them eat the fruit. #drinklidsforkids Can I get an amen!?
Day of the Dead Celebration
This festive drink looks so great on a table set for Day of the Dead. These celebrations incorporate lots of colorful flowers and a bounty of really great food.
I didn't always appreciate the beauty of this holy day and thought it was kinda creepy. Until a book by a Mexican author who explained the beautiful traditions of honoring your loved ones that have passed on. After that I embraced Dia de los Muertes and have celebrated ever since. Maybe we can blame that moment for my new found skull obsession! Either way, I hope you love this non-alcoholic sangria recipe as much as we do! And if you make it we'd love to see.
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Non-Alcoholic Fruity Red Sangria
- Glass pitcher
- Knife with serrated blade
- 2 cups Red Rooibos Tea strong
- 3 cups POM Pomegranate Juice
- 2 cups Simply Orange Juice
- 1 Apple peeled and diced
- 1 Orange thin sliced and quartered
- 1 Lemon thin sliced and halved
- 1 basket Raspberries fresh
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon ground or 2 sticks
- 2 Tbsp Agave Nectar + more to taste
- 3 cups San Pelligrino Sparkling Water
- Make Rooibos tea, let steep a few extra minutes
- Add cinnamon to hot tea. Let cool
- Pour in pomegranate juice
- Add orange juice
- Stir in agave nectar. Agave is sweeter than sugar so be careful not to over sweeten. If you do, add a little extra pomegranate juice and sparkling water to dilute it back down a bit.
- Now add your fruit. Be careful not to let the citrus sit for too long to avoid a bitter flavor. But let the fruit steep and blend all the flavors together
- Right before serving add the sparkling water and mix lightly
13 Days of Halloween Hop
For another fabulous Halloween cocktail hop on over to Jordan's Easy Entertaining for super creepy Bloody Mary IV Bags that are sure to be the talk of the party! Aren't they so disgusting!? It's awesome. Make sure to join us again tomorrow for DIY Halloween Party Decor.
If you're just joining us on the 13 Days of Halloween Inspiration here's what you missed:
- Day 1: DIY Halloween Decor – Floral Skull Centerpiece
- Day 2: Halloween Sweet Treats – Chocolate Raspberry Shooters
- Day 3: Halloween Cupcakes – Brainy Mad Science Mini Cakes
- Day 4: Savory Halloween Appetizers – Baked Sweet Potato Rounds
- Day 5: Mocktails/Cocktails – Day of the Dead Non-Alcoholic Sangria Recipe
- Day 6: DIY Halloween Decor – Faux Leather Paper Spell Book
- Day 7: Halloween Home Decor – Halloween Front Porch Decor
- Day 8: Halloween Sweet Treats – Red Velvet Brain Cake
- Day 9: Healthy Halloween Food – Mummy Frozen Bananas
- Day 10: Cricut Craft – Halloween Cricut Craft Haunted Hollow SVG
- Day 11: Halloween Tablescape – Elegant Gothic Halloween Party Table
- Day 12: Halloween Kids Activities – Frankenstein Peeps Edible Mad Science
- Day 13: Halloween Party – Halloween Mad Science Party Ideas
Until tomorrow my friend!
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Drape the grapes over the punch bowl or use a few grapes to decorate individual cups when serving. Ladle juice into cups with bits of fruit for guests to enjoy.
Grapes can make a lovely piece of decor I agree. Thank you.
Great mocktail for Dead of the Dead celebrations!
Cheers my friend! This sounds delicious! I love that you included 2 options for those who don’t drink alcohol!
Love that you shared a non alcoholic recipe too ! Sounds so delicious
It’s always good to have non-alcoholic options for guests! Thanks for the recipe!
Oh I love sangria!! Nice to have a non alcoholic version too!
Ok, the pomegranate makes it the right color. Clever. I do like mine with wine though 🙂