The teapigs Project : non-alcoholic sangria *

This is another new 'series' on the blog and I couldn't be happier to be sharing this with you all! It's all about the teapigs tea!! :)


It all started a few weeks ago when I saw a tweet asking for tea loving bloggers, so I sent teapigs a little email fully expecting them to say I'm too much of a newbie to be of use to them, but obviously I was wrong! Much to my delight, I received a vast collection of samples to play with within 2 days. I couldn't get over how incredible each tea smelt! Lily definitely loves the minty ones the most, bless her! 

Ever since, my head has been spinning with ideas. Creating my own cocktails is totally new territory, and using tea is especially new but that just added to the excitement! This is my first alcohol-free summer since entering into sobriety and I have desperately been searching for more unusual 'fun' drinks to have while everyone else is having their alcohol-laden treats, and not really finding much.

Inspired by my recent holiday to Center Parcs and visiting a favourite tapas restaurant, I decided to try and recreate sangria! Trying to find a base recipe was rather difficult, so I have pieced together what I found to be common ingredients and added my own little ideas. 

I really hope you like it! :) 

teapigs sangria

  • 1 'super fruit' teapigs tea bag
  • 1 pint boiling water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 orange
  • 1 apple
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • frozen berries
  • ice, preferably crushed
  • splenda
  • 'bottle green' pomegranate and elderflower cordial
  • 1 small glass orange juice
  • sparkling water
  • fresh mint 
  • a sizable jug for holding your sangria 
 

Place the teapigs tea and cinnamon stick, broken in half, into a jug and add 1 pint of boiling water. Leave to brew for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cut up the fresh fruit into small slices. Make sure to coat the apple slices in lemon juice to stop them turning all brown and sad looking, and to remove all pips and seeds. Place the fruit into your big jug, along with some ice. Remove the cinnamon from the tea and transfer any strong looking pieces into your main jug. We don't want pieces of cinnamon in our drinks! Use your judgement with the fruit, you don't need to use it all! ;)


Add the orange juice, and then the tea mixture having squeezed as much amazing flavour from your teapigs tea bag as humanly possible. Using the glass you used for the orange juice, fill it up to just under halfway with your cordial and add that and stir it all in.

Have a taste. It needs sweetener doesn't it! Enter splenda. I used 4 teaspoons, but you feel free to make it to your own preference. I know some like their drinks more on the sweet side. I do ask that you keep it to splenda rather than using sugar, however! 


Add some more ice and mix it around again. It would be best to keep this in the fridge if you're making this in advance, but you can serve this straight away.

To serve: add a few leaves of fresh mint - slightly squashed to release their flavour - into your glass with some frozen berries and ice. Be as generous as you like! This is an awesome way to get in your 5-a-day! Fill up your glass about two-thirds of the way with your sangria mix and top up with sparkling water. Give it a quick stir and a poke then enjoy!

That's all there is to it! I'd recommend using a wider-type glass to serve. Yummy!!!! :) 

 






I'm very pleased with how this has turned out! It's fresh and the tea flavour isn't lost. The consistency reminds me of restaurant sangria, but we have none of the alcohol and a fraction of the calories! I could confidently say each glass would be less than 50 calories.

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Please let me know how you get on with this recipe and if you have any questions, please ask in the comments or send me a tweet. 

Stay tuned, there's much more super cool teapigs creations coming soon! :) 

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