Non-Alcoholic Sangria

Summer is a great time to enjoy fabulous fruity drinks.  I saw Giada make a fun sangria recipe and decided to make a non-alcoholic version since I don’t drink.  I decided to use ginger ale in place of the champagne.  Now I like to use light orange juice and diet ginger ale to cut down on the calories.  I bet you could also make it even lighter by using splenda in place of the sugar.  However, I used the real deal and went with sugar.  It was a fun and fruity drink with a nice mint twist.  I like the combination of mint and fruit juice like this pomegranate cooler I did last year.  Give it a try!

Non-Alcoholic Sangria

  • 3 1/4 cup ginger ale, chilled (diet works)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (I like to use light orange juice)
  • 2 cups Mint Simple Syrup, recipe follows
  • 1/2 lemon,  thinly sliced and halved
  • 1/2 lime, thinly sliced and halved
  • 10  strawberries, quartered
  • Crushed ice
    1. In a large pitcher, combine the ginger ale, orange juice, and Mint Simple Syrup. Add the strawberries, lemon slices, and lime slices.
    2. Fill glasses with crushed ice and pour the sangria over the top. Serve immediately.

Mint Simple Syrup

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and mint over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool for 20 minutes. Strain before using.

Yield: 2 1/2 cups

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