Friday, March 30, 2012

Mock Sangria

My mother is hosting a baby shower this weekend and I promised to help her find a "mocktail," a drink that looks similar to our favorite cocktail but doesn't contain any alcohol. First, she tried a mock champagne but wasn't impressed, so I turned to one of my favorites...sangria. Sangria is usually made with wine and sliced fruit. This "mocktail" version is made with cranberry, apple, and orange juices, and lightened up with bubbly seltzer water. After adding the sliced fruit, it looked so much like the real thing, and it tasted so good that I didn't even miss the alcohol. I think this will be my new go-to drink for baby showers, summer parties, and any other occasion where I need a festive non-alcoholic drink. 

Mock Sangria
Serving size: 1 large pitcher

3 cups cranberry-pomegranate or cranberry-grape juice (100% juice)
3/4 cup apple juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 lemon, thinly sliced, with peel
1/2 lime, thinly sliced, with peel
1 orange, thinly sliced, with peel
1 Granny smith apple, cored and thinly sliced, with peel
1 plum, cored and thinly sliced, with peel (optional)
2-3 cups seltzer water, to taste

Combine the juices and fruit slices in a large pitcher. Refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours. Stir in seltzer water just before serving. Serve chilled over ice.

Source: barely adapted from A Sweet Pea Chef

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