Start to Finish: 4 1/2 to 6 1/2 hours
Servings: 8 to 10
Sangria is a Spanish wine punch made with fresh fruit, red wine and brandy. If you don't drink alcohol, you can enjoy this refreshing mock sangria, adapted from the recipe published on The Kitchn. The tea gives this drink an astringency that mimics the tannins in red wine, while the long, slow brew in the refrigerator produces a smoother tea with lighter, mellower flavor.
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
- 1 apple
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 black tea bags
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1 cup white grape juice
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 1 liter lemon-lime soda
Cut the orange, lemon and lime into thin slices. Dice the apple into 1/2-inch pieces. Put all of the fruit into a large pitcher. Add the cinnamon sticks and the tea bags. Pour 1 liter of water into the pitcher. Cover and refrigerate for four to six hours or until the tea brews to your preferred strength.
Use a 3-quart pitcher to make this beverage. If you don't have a pitcher large enough, use a punch bowl.
Add the fruit juices and soda to the tea-and-juice mixture.
Spoon several slices of fruit into each glass before adding ice and mock sangria.
- Garnish the drink with fresh mint leaves or slices of fresh fruit.
- Serve it in wine glasses or tall highball glasses to showcase the fruit in the drink.
- If you serve both this and an alcoholic sangria, clearly label them so that your guests know what they're drinking.
Like traditional Spanish sangria, this nonalcoholic version is easy to customize.
Substitute 1 ounce of lime juice, 1 ounce of lemon juice and 1 liter of seltzer water for the lemon-lime soda to cut down on the sugar content of this drink.
If you avoid caffeine, use decaffeinated tea bags.
Experiment with green and herbal teas rather than black tea.
- Use your favorite fruits, or take advantage of what happens to be in season. Strawberries, peaches and pears are all good substitutes for -- or additions to -- citrus and apples.
- Steep fresh mint leaves with the tea to add a fresh herbal note to the drink.
- Substitute orange soda for the orange juice and lemon-lime soda in this recipe.