For all my alcohol abstainers, this Saudi Champagne is the fun and bubbly alternative for you! It is one of the most popular and trending drinks in restaurants in Saudi Arabia. In max 5 minutes, you will have a pitcher of bubbly goodness in your hands!
I don’t drink for religious reasons. But I like the idea of something bubbly, fancy, and classy, (so of course cola didn’t make the cut). Iced teas, like my peach iced tea and other low-cal drinks, are my faaaaavorite guilty pleasure!
So naturally I was intrigued, nay, OBSSESSED with Saudi Champagne the moment I had it and naturally the next step in my obsession was recreating it at home (and nitpicking all possible soda-to-apple-juice ratio because that’s just who I am).
What is Saudi Champagne
Saudi Champagne is a “mock champagne” or a non-alcoholic beverage invented in the lands of Saudi Arabia where alcohol is not consumed on religious grounds. It’s a Muslim’s answer to alcoholic drinks. But really, anyone abstaining from alcohol (or not) is going to enjoy this recipe!
The popular Saudi Champagne is made primarily with apple juice and sparkling water. It is usually served in Arabian, Turkish and Lebanese restaurants across Saudi Arabia. The first time I had it, was back in 2016, when I had first moved to Jeddah. I was INSTANTLY taken by it and ever since then, it has become my go-to drink to order in restaurants. My close second favorite has to be the apple-cinnamon latte that I had at a Turkish food stall.
Notes on Ingredients
The ingredients in this fake champagne are super simple and easily modifiable.
- Apple Juice – You can use store-bought or homemade juice. Just make sure the juice is pulp-free to give you that clear champagne look.
- Sparkling Water – The original recipe uses sparkling water like Perrier, Aquafina, etc. But if you like your drinks on the sweeter side, you can also use fizzy drinks like 7up or Sprite. Or do a combo of sparkling water and a fizzy drink.
- Ice – I love love love using itty bitty ice cubes and fancy-shaped ice cubes in my drinks. But I’d definitely recommend adding some no matter what shape you have at hand. It’ll keep your drink cooler for longer even if it sits out in the heat.
- Infusions – This right here is what fuels the flavor train in this recipe. You’ve got sliced apples, sliced oranges, mint leaves, and a little bit of lemon juice. All these together, add flavor and gorgeousness to your champagne
See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities
How to assemble the Champagne
This is the kind of recipe that takes you 5 minutes and zero expertise to put together.
Step 1 – In a pitcher, add in all your garnishes first and apple juice.
Step 2 – Add ice and your sparkling water/soda
The final step is to stir your drink so that all the fruity goodness is mixed up and ready to be served.
- Use chilled ingredients for this recipe to avoid the ice from melting instantly.
- Make the garnish and apple juice mix in advance and refrigerate. Add the sparkling water when serving. This will intensify all the flavors.
- Always use fresh mint leaves for drinks
- Use a pitcher with a lid if you want to avoid all the infusions from getting into the glasses.
How to Serve
- Mint leaves: Float 1 or 2 mint leaves at the bottom of the glass or add an orange wedge on the rim of the glass.
- Sugared glass rim: This isn’t a typical presentation for Saudi Champagne, but hey! What’s wrong with feeling a little extra? Wet the rim of your glass with an orange slice and then dip it in fine sugar.
- Serving glass: For those authentic feels, use a champagne flute.
Of course! Some restaurants also add lemon slices, pomegranate, or strawberry slices in the infusion. I’ve only made the recipe with the ones that are commonly used everywhere.
I love variations! My friend always makes Saudi Champagne with Ginger Ale along with apple juice and honestly, I love that version just as much. The basis of Saudi Champagne is apple juice and sparkling water. Everything else is up to your imagination.
So I make this drink quite frequently for my guests. I usually infuse the apple juice with all the garnishes overnight. And simply add the ice and sparkling water at the time of serving. You can still store it after you’ve added the sparkling water, but just know that it will go flat in a couple of minutes.
At restaurants, this champagne is generally served with dinner and lunches. But if you are serving this for brunch, it would go beautifully with this beef and eggplant nachos, or a street style batata harra (spicy potatoes).
I get this question every time I post stories of myself and my glass of Saudi Champagne on Insta. Yes, my concerned Muslim friends, Saudi Champagne is in fact halal as it does not contain any form of alcohol.
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Do you have any questions? I’m happy to help! And of course, If you try this recipe, I’d loveeeee to see it or simply hear about it! Hit me up in the comment section below and I’ll get back to asap! Happy Cooking!
- 1 Liter apple juice fresh or boxed
- 1 Liter sparkling water
- 1 whole apple thinly sliced
- 1 whole orange thinly sliced
- 13 to 14 mint leaves
- 3 tablespoon lemon juice
- 15 medium ice cubes
- 330 ml of white fizzy drink (7up or sprite) (optional)
- In a large pitcher, add sliced oranges, mint leaves and apple slices. Squeeze lemon juice all over it,
- Add in the ice cubes and pour apple juice first. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Pour in the sparkling water or white soda. Stir around.
- 4. Serve immediately in champagne flutes
- You can substitute sparkling water with white soda
- If you want, you can prepare the apple juice with the fruits overnight to intensify the infusions. Simply add the sparkling water when ready to serve
- This drink is not mildly sweet in taste. For a more intense sweet flavor, use white fizzy drinks instead of sparkling water.