A non-alcoholic sangria with tropical flavors of pineapple juice, coconut water, and coconut soda. Fresh sliced mangos, kiwi, and lime provides gorgeous color to this refreshing drink.
If we were to judge people by the kind of beverage they drink, then I must be one of the most boring people, because my drink of choice is plain old water. Waah waah! Whether it's the middle of the day, lunchtime, dinner, eating at home, or dining out, water is what quenches my thirst. That is not to say I don't like other beverages, I do...just with less frequency. Perhaps that explains why there is a disproportionate amount of drinks to food ratio on this blog. You see, the last time I served y'all a drink was last August when I made this beauty. It's about time I offer you something to quench your thirst!
This virgin sangria is not only delicious and refreshing, it is also crowd-friendly and good for all ages. On warm summer days, it hits the spot and goes down nice and easy. You may even want to make a double batch as there will be requests for refills. With this particular sangria, you will be able to please everybody. Because there is always someone who can't have alcohol for whatever reason, virgin sangria solves that problem. For those who would like a little somethin' somethin' of the spirited kind, add a splash or two of liquor into their glass. Everyone is happy...easy peasy! And if you're looking for something refreshing with a grown up twist, check out my remake of a classic here.
The fact that it is a drink and a snack in one makes sangria so much fun! The juice-soaked fruits are scrumptious! And this virgin version (say that 10 times) can be as healthy has you want it to be. I used pineapple juice, coconut water, and coconut soda as the base. The coconut soda adds fizz, sweetness, as well as intensifies the coconut flavor. I added a small amount of sugar for a little extra sweetness. To make this drink even lighter, use natural sweetener or sugar substitute. My two favorite sugar alternatives for this are agave nectar and Stevia White Powder. If you want to omit soda entirely, replace it with more coconut water or tropical flavored carbonated water. Be sure to use extra sugar if you do.
The really fun part is the fruit. Slice and/or chunk up a variety of your favorite tropical fruits—mango, kiwi, lime, papaya, pineapple, star fruit, etc.—and add them to the liquid. Refrigerate for 3 hours, longer if you wish, to allow all of the flavor to meld. Serve and enjoy!
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