Beverages often get overlooked in my holiday food prep. I get so focused on the salads, sides and desserts that I forget to plan any fun drinks. With 2 middle schoolers, I like drinks that the whole family can enjoy and that’s where this non-alcoholic sangria comes in.

It’s a gorgeous show stopper on the table, tastes incredible + is a fun mocktail my kids feel a little extra drinking out of the ‘good glasses.’ You’ll want to add this berry sangria to your next big dinner and you’ll never guess my secret ingredient… Sambucol elderberry syrup.

non alcoholic berry sangria in a glass pitcher on a festive table.

I know that sounds like an odd ingredient to add to a sangria, but hear me out. It’s a berry syrup that adds depth, sweetness, and immune support. That’s a win in my book!

I’m partnering with Sambucol to bring you a fun and festive recipe to share.

Table of Contents
  1. Ingredients in a Non-Alcoholic Sangria
  2. How to Make Berry Sangria
  3. Tips and Tricks for a Holiday Mocktail
  4. Non-Alcoholic Sangria FAQs
  5. More Holiday Dishes
  6. Non-Alcoholic Berry Sangria Recipe
mocktail ingredients including blackberries, raspberries, orange, lemon and green apple.

Ingredients in a Non-Alcoholic Sangria

Spain is the birthplace of sangria, a wine with fruit and spices added to it. Sangria’s been around since 200 BC- so crazy! My version has a variety of citrus and berries, yet no alcohol. I use grape juice and sparkling water to mimic the wine and turn it into a mocktail. If you prefer to use red wine, you can absolutely do that here. Yet I prefer a non-alcoholic version that everyone can enjoy.

To make this virgin berry sangria, you’ll need:

No need to peel anything, yet you should scrub the rinds clean before using. Use the sparkling water of your choice; I prefer unflavored to let the fresh fruits shine. Be prepared to share this mocktail recipe with all your guests because it’s seriously tasty.

adding Sambucol Elderberry Syrup to beverage with fresh fruit.

My Secret Immune Support Ingredient*

I wanna be clear: while elderberry syrup is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, I use it as a an immune supporter for my family. Since 2011, it’s been one of a handful of natural remedies I keep in my home. I’m not against medicine, yet I like to give rest, hydration and plants a chance to heal our bodies first.

Black elderberry syrup is rich in antioxidants just like the other berries in this sangria, and therefore helps support my body’s immune system. It’s a bonus when I can add it to a fun recipe like this and reap the benefits.

If I’m gonna consume something, then I want it to nourish me. Elderberries contain antioxidants to fight free radicals in the body as well as anti-inflammatory properties. So while I’m eating heavier foods around the holidays, I know I’m doing my body some good too with a serving of elderberry syrup.

Sambucol is giving 15% off your order w/ code SGS2021 through January 5, 2022. This is a great way to try the Black Elderberry Syrup for yourself.

juice being poured into a glass pitcher full of red liquid and fresh sliced fruit.

How to Make Berry Sangria

This gorgeous drink makes a statement, yet is very easy to make. No specialty cocktail tools needed, just a big pitcher and a wooden spoon:

  1. Chop the apple (leaving the skin on) and dice the orange + lemon (leaving the rind on both). Add all the fruit to a large pitcher then muddle with a muddler or wooden spoon. ‘Muddle’ is just a fancy word for gently mashing the fruit to release their juice. You don’t want to smash them beyond recognition yet you do want the flavors to properly mix together.
  2. Add the grape juice + sparkling water as well as the black elderberry syrup, then muddle again to mix the fruit with the liquids.
  3. If you want this to be served cold, refrigerate until serving. Don’t add ice to the mixture, add it to glasses then pour the sangria over the ice.

My non alcoholic sangria is best served shortly after making. This doesn’t get better with age, so it’s best not to make too far ahead of time.

non alcoholic berry sangria loaded with fruit in a glass with mint leaf garnish next to a pitcher of sangria.

Tips and Tricks for a Holiday Mocktail

If you prefer limes over lemons or a certain type of orange, then go for it. For a punch-like experience use club soda. If you don’t have elderberry syrup on hand, then you can swap it out for maple syrup or a sweetener of your choice. Depending on the ripeness of your fruit and your taste buds, you may not need to add much sweetener to your berry sangria.

Sparkling cider is another great option for the liquid base if you prefer a seasonally spiced beverage.

While this recipe centers around the Autumn + Winter seasons in North America, feel free to use seasonally fresh fruits based on your location and time of year. If I wanted to use this for a summer baby shower, I’d use a mix of strawberry, peach, lemon, and blackberry. Mint or basil work great as garnishes (or just mix them in too!).

fun mocktail recipe in a festive glass topped with mint.

Non-Alcoholic Sangria FAQs

What liquid do you use in non-alcoholic sangria?

I use a mix of 100% grape juice and unflavored sparkling water. Feel free to use your fav beverages to spice up your sangria.

Is non-alcoholic sangria a soda?

It doesn’t have to be. My recipe use sparkling water (your choice!). You can use a sparkling soda or soda water for even more bubbles and a ‘punchy’ feel, yet sparkling water + fruit juice works great too.

What other juices can I use in my mocktail?

Orange juice, apple juice, pomegranate juice, cherry juice… there are many options when making berry sangria (or other mocktails) and all are delicious! I recommend sticking with 100% juice and using fresh, not canned or frozen, for the best results.

More Holiday Dishes

Why not make food that looks and tastes incredible? My berry sangria recipe looks as beautiful as it tastes. Here are my go-to recipes for holiday fare:

While your whole spread might be plant based (mine isn’t!), you can use plant based recipes like these that live up to the tastes needed for the perfect family meal. I actually use these recipes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years… and my guests ask for them year after year.

*Sambucol products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Will you please rate + review this recipe once you make it? I’d love to hear how it turned out for you!

4.84 from 6 votes

Non-Alcoholic Berry Sangria

Dress up your next party not only with decor but also with this vibrant non-alcoholic Berry Sangria. It's full of fruit and flavor, and can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Prep: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 8 servings

Equipment

  • Large pitcher
  • Wooden spoon

Ingredients  

  • 1 apple green, cored, skin on, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 orange rind on, sliced into small pieces, large seeds removed + more for garnish
  • 1 lemon rind on, sliced into small pieces
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • ¼ cup Samubcol Elderberry Syrup
  • 3 cups grape juice
  • 4 cups sparkling water

Instructions 

  • Add all fruit to large pitcher and muddle with a muddler or wooden spoon for 45 seconds.
  • Add grape juice, elderberry syrup and sparkling water. Muddle again to combine for 30 seconds.
  • Serve in glasses with ice.
  • Store leftovers, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours, though best when fresh.

Video

Notes

  • Thoroughly wash all fruit before using in recipe, especially the rinds of the lemon + orange.
  • You can swap grape juice with apple juice.
  • Swap sparkling water with soda water, club soda, or a flavored sparkling water for variety.
  • While the fruit can be washed + prepped beforehand, I recommend saving this recipe until the very end to be put together so it is super fresh when served. 
  • Feel free to change up the fruit depending on the season. Pomegranate would be delicious, as well as other berries, and lime.

Nutrition

Calories: 97kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 31mg, Potassium: 225mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 110IU, Vitamin C: 26mg, Calcium: 38mg, Iron: 1mg
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About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. Just made it for my birthday party as a summer drink for fourty people. Everybody loved it – me included – and wanted the recipe. Thank you for this awsome non alcoholic summer treat!

  2. 5 stars
    I enjoyed the adult version of this drink last weekend lol. Great holiday addition! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. 4 stars
    This sounds so good! Could I use wine? Would I just leave out the grape juice and sparkling water? Or do I want the sparkling water still?

    1. We say give the wine a go! We haven’t tried swapping in wine for the other liquid here at SGS Jennifer, yet if you do def let us know what you think!

  4. 5 stars
    Yum! This is also a great mixer to add to flavor homemade kombucha. (Same with your other beverage recipes)

  5. 5 stars
    This sounds amazing! I will probably use club soda instead of sparkling water to give it that extra sparkle 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    This sounds awesome. Can’t wait to try it…. it’s still warm here but I think in a few weeks this will be perfect for an autumn festive drink.