A couple of weeks ago I partnered up with one of my favorite foodie and cocktail bloggers and someone you should definitely follow if you aren’t yet–fellow Latina Vianney from Sweet Life Bake! After telling her my sob story (not really) about how I am missing my usual cocktails because of my pregnancy, she came up with some delicious alternatives based on some of my favorite drinks.
This particular mocktail that Vianney whipped up is one I’m extremely excited about! I’m a huge fan of making sangria at home ever since we got engaged in Barcelona with my hubby—it brings us back to that special moment and the magical city. But, I’ve been sangria-less ever since last year & I didn’t expect this recipe to knock my socks off (especially because it doesn’t have wine!). Though it’s a lighter shade than the sangria you are used to drinking, it’s flavorful and complex thanks to all the fresh fruit & the rich cinammon simple syrup in this Spanish-concoction.
The cinnamon simple syrup gives a bold, rich flavor to your sangria sans the alcohol! SALUD to that!
Taste testing with Vianney is always the funnest part! I am officially dubbing her my “fairy cocktail godmother”!
The Sangria Mocktail by Vianney Rodriguez
This Spanish-inspired concoction substitutes wine with a cinnamon simple syrup to maintain it's rich, spicy flavor profile.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cinammon sticks
- 3 cups pomegranate juice
- 1 cup orange juice
- 2 oranges sliced into thin rounds
- 1 medium lime sliced into thin rounds
- 1 medium apple sliced
- 1 pear sliced
- 4 guavas sliced, seeds removed
- 3 cups H-E-B flavored sparkling water
Bring water and sugar to a boil.
Add cinammon sticks, boil for two minutes; remove from heat and allow to steep for five minutes.
In a large pitcher, combine conammon syrup, pomegranate juice, orange juice, orange slices, lime sluces, sliced apples, sliced pears and guavas.
Refrigerate for at least an hour.
Before serving, stir in sparkling water.
Serve over glasses filled with ice and garnish with your favorite fruit.
This post would have not have been possible without the help of our sponsors who made the crazy mocktail idea of a newly pregnant mama a reality! Huge thanks to the following:
On Point Custom Homes for allowing us to shoot in their wonderful home and kitchen where we prepared our drinks. On Point Custom Homes is a leading custom home design and build company that has been creating a variety of luxury homes in Houston for the past 11 years. By the way, this home at 5415 Rose is for sale!
H-E-B for all the fresh fruit and flowers on set and for our on-set refreshments.
Manor for all the smashingly unique bar decor.
Pei Chen Photography for capturing all these stunning shots!