Looking for ideas for non-alcoholic mocktails? This virgin sangria recipe is super tasty and offers prune juice health benefits. Go ahead and whip up this prune juice pineapple sangria today! You’ll also get a bonus recipe for rosemary syrup.
I recently created this virgin sangria recipe. It boasts prune juice, which has so many digestive health benefits.
Whether it’s to celebrate an occasion (ahem, Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day!) or just because, mix up a batch of this virgin sangria. I’m also including a quickie recipe for homemade rosemary simple syrup—an ingredient in this virgin sangria. Use leftover rosemary syrup to flavor a latte or cappuccino.
Thanks to the folks at Sunsweet for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own, as always.
If you’re like me, you appreciate the occasional glass of alcohol but you also look forward to non-alcoholic beverages And with lots of celebratory occasions coming up—you know, Valentine’s Day/Galentine’s Day, the Oscars, Mardi Gras, and more—it’s great to have a delicious mocktail recipe in your back pocket.
Enter this virgin prune pineapple sangria. Not only is it super tasty, but this sangria mocktail is low in added sugar and high in nutritious ingredients, including prune juice.
Maybe you’ve never had prune juice in a mocktail. Well, now’s the time to start drinking prune juice in your nonalcoholic drinks! I’ve partnered with Sunsweet for years because I truly believe in the nutritious properties of prunes and prune juice. Plus, prune juice tastes great! It adds a touch of tartness to this mocktail recipe, as well as caramel notes. This subtle sweetness perfectly balances out the acidity of the orange juice it’s paired with.
Here’s a primer on prune juice nutrition: Prune juice boasts naturally occurring sorbitol, which along with soluble and insoluble fiber helps digestive health. How so? Both the sorbitol and the insoluble fiber help draw water into your small intestine, helping to get things moving. The insoluble fiber helps bulk up your stool. So yes, there’s indeed a prune juice and constipation connection!
Plus, soluble fiber helps slow how quickly your stomach empties itself, which helps you absorb more nutrients and feel satiated for a longer period of time. Fiber is important during any stage of life, and U.S. adults take in only about half of the recommended fiber intake. Additionally, as you get older and your digestive system begins slowing down, fiber becomes even more important.
If you’re planning on pouring a glass of this nonalcoholic sangria recipe for a pregnant friend anytime soon, consider also sending her home with a couple of extra servings! Prune juice can be very helpful for pregnant women (and also for kids) who are constipated. After all, constipation occurs in up to 38% of all pregnancies, per research in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist.
Beyond prune juice, this virgin sangria features orange juice, oranges, pineapple, nectarines, and cherries—all of which supply immune-helping vitamin C. It’s also made with sparkling mineral. When it comes to the best bottled water to drink for health, mineral water takes the cake. Some waters, like the Gerolsteiner Sprudel that I used in this recipe, boast a surprising amount of bone-helping calcium, as well as other minerals.
The inspiration for this prune juice mocktail came from an unexpected place, Budapest. I recently traveled there, and during my trip I took a cocktail-making class with colleagues. When we separated into groups for a contest, my teammates and I chose a delicious prune liqueur as our cocktail base. The bar had rosemary simple syrup on hand, and I soon learned that the combo of prunes and rosemary is pretty darn fantastic.
When I got home, I decided to whip up my own rosemary simple syrup. You can of course buy a bottle, but it only takes a few minutes to make your own. Just scroll down for the recipe for rosemary syrup, below.
I learned another important tip from my time as a Hungarian bartender: Light your rosemary on fire! Seriously. Burn just one end of a rosemary sprig, and you’ll inhale the amazing rosemary smell when you bring the cocktail glass to your lips.
I also suggest topping off each glass of this prune juice cocktail with a drop or two of orange bitters, for a little extra zest. Just a note that most orange bitters contain alcohol. You’d only get the tiniest amount from a couple of drops—but if you’re avoiding alcohol for any reason you should remove this ingredient from your glass of virgin sangria.
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Now, here’s the virgin sangria recipe I promised you, plus instructions on how to make your own rosemary syrup.
3 cups ice
1 cup bing cherries, pitted
1 cup pineapple, diced
1 white nectarine, coarsely diced
1 Cara Cara orange, sliced
20 ounces Sunsweet Amaz!n Prune Juice
10 ounces 100% orange juice
10 ounces sparkling mineral water
2 Tablespoons rosemary simple syrup*
Orange bitters, as needed (optional)
Fresh rosemary, for garnish
Place ice and fruit in a large pitcher. Pour in prune juice, orange juice, mineral water, and rosemary syrup. Muddle with a wooden spoon. Pour into six glasses. Add one to two drops of orange bitters to each glass. Garnish each glass with a rosemary sprig. Makes 6 servings.
*To make rosemary simple syrup, combine one cup granulated sugar with one cup water in a large saucepan over high heat. Stir to combine, and add four sprigs of fresh rosemary. Bring to a boil, stirring often; after one minute or until sugar and water are well combined, remove from heat for 30 minutes. Once cooled, pour the liquid through a wire mesh strainer into a glass jar or bottle. Add in one sprig of rosemary, discarding the remaining sprigs. Remove the sprig of rosemary after a day or two. The rosemary syrup will last for about a month.
Nutritional information per serving: Cal: 160 Fat: 0 g Sat fat: 0 g Pro: 2 g Carbs: 40 g Sugar: 27 g Fiber: 2 g Chol: 0 mg Sod: 30 mg
Note: Recipe nutrition analyzed without optional ingredient.
I’d love to hear from you! Let me know how you enjoy this virgin prune juice pineapple sangria mocktail, as well as the recipe for rosemary syrup. Comment below, or tag @amydgorin on Instagram and Pinterest, and @amygorin on Twitter and Facebook.