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Juanita's Sangria

About the Recipe

Let’s face it -- sometimes it's difficult to find an excellent nonalcoholic red wine. Occasionally, I will open a bottle, try a glass, and definitely not want another but why throw the whole bottle away? Enter stage left, Sangria!

Sangria is a great way to use up and enjoy those red bottles that lean more toward the miss than the hit. This sangria is built with a lot of fruit and a little spice. The red wine I used in this recipe is Giesen Premium Red from New Zealand. As far as NA red wines go, this one has some remarkable characteristics that many other NA reds struggle to replicate, namely acid and tannin. Although the wine has acid and tannin all over the place, it lacks additional depth and juiciness.

This flavor profile worked well with the sangria as we could add our depth while capitalizing on those beautiful tannins that are so rare in an NA red. I added the Non-alcoholic Bottega Sparkling Rose for a bit of effervescence and a touch of sweetness, but you could use soda water for a less sweet experience or Sprite if you don’t have a sweet NA sparkling laying around. I served this at a recent dinner party, which was a major hit! One of the guests was set on having a beer with dinner, but after tasting a sip, she immediately changed her mind. Dale toma!


  • 3/4 bottle Giesen Wine

  • 1/4 bottle Bottega Sparkling Wine

  • 1 lime

  • 3 oranges

  • 1 green apple

  • 2 whole star anise

  • 1/4 teaspoon  cinnamon 


Step 1

Cut oranges and lime into wheels

Step 2

Cut green apple into batonnet style slices

Step 3

Combine all ingredients except for sparkling wine into a pitcher 

Step 4

Put into fridge and let sit for several hours

Step 5

When ready to serve, fill wine glass or goblet halfway with the mixture in the pitcher, including lots of fruit. Top glass off with Bottega sparkling wine, bubbly water or sprite.

Step 6


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