The whole family will enjoy sipping on make-ahead Virgin Strawberry Sangria’s all summer long! Adding whipped cream to the top takes the fruity drink to a whole new level of decadence!
A few years ago I met Cathy from Lemon Tree Dwelling and she is as amazing in person as you would expect her to be! I was thumbing through her blog and totally fell in love with the way her Strawberry Shortcake Sangria’s looked. Since my family doesn’t drink alcohol I knew I needed to adjust her recipe just a bit to create a non-alcohol version. The flavors in this family-friendly version are spot on!
I’m a dairy farmer and maybe that’s why I think the generous helping of whipped cream perched on top of this Virgin Strawberry Sangria is the very BEST part! Don’t get me wrong I love fruit, and fruity drinks, but fruity drinks with cream…now we are onto something amazing! It’s a little like a dirty sangria! Maybe a little bit like Strawberry Shortcake in a drink!
Can sangrias be made ahead of time?
The sparkling drink is loaded with gorgeous juicy, red strawberries! If you want to make it ahead of time the strawberries will infuse the sparkling cider. Magical things happen when the flavors have a chance to hang out and marry one another!
Don’t worry if you decide to whip this drink up at the last minute, it will still be tasty even if it doesn’t have time to hang out for a while. The strawberry flavor won’t shine through quite as strong but you’ll love it anyway!
How to garnish sangrias?
- Of course, garnishing it with a mint sprig is optional. It’s pretty and adds a pop of color. I like pretty food!
- I’d strongly recommend you don’t skip garnishing the sangria with whipped cream. Just be sure to use real whipped cream in an aerosol can or whip heavy cream yourself. Don’t use that vegetable oil stuff! Yucky!
- The drinks are fun with a sliced strawberry on top.
- Cute straws always make drinks feel extra special.
Grab the Strawberry Sangria Mocktail Recipe!
Virgin Strawberry Sangria with Whipped Cream
- 25.4 ounces sparkling apple cider chilled
- 2 cups strawberries divided
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- ¼ cup water
- Whipped cream either in an aerosol can, or freshly whipped heavy cream
- Fresh mint sprig optional
- Heat one cup sliced strawberries, sugar, and water to a boil. Puree strawberries and syrup. Cool.
- Pour chilled sparkling cider into a glass pitcher. Add the strawberry puree. Slice remaining strawberries and add.
- Let chill for at least two hours or serve immediately.
- Serve with a generous amount of whipped cream.
- Garnish with additional strawberry slice or mint sprig if desired
- Lemon-lime soda
- Ginger ale
- Sparkling water (healthy option)