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RECIPE: Marvelous 'Mocktails' non-alcoholic

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Phyllis A
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Sun, Dec 17, 00 at 17:17

Raise your glass gladly - even without alcohol - with tasty faux spirits

November 26, 2000 SPIRITLESS HOLIDAY:
The Orange County Register

If you're planning a holiday party, you'd be wise to plan alternative, nonalcoholic beverage choices. There's a pretty good chance that some of your guests may not want to consume alcohol.

Have plenty of nonalcoholic drinks available, especially for designated drivers.

If preparing an alcoholic punch, use a noncarbonated base such as fruit juice. Alcohol is absorbed into the blood stream faster when it has a carbonated base.

Close your bar 90 minutes before your party's over ... and serve a great dessert treat and coffee, tea or soft drinks.

Be honest. When inviting guests who are known to drink to excess, tell them that drinking and driving is unacceptable at your party. Get their agreement to find alternative modes of transportation.

If some of your guests have had too much to drink, drive them home or arrange a ride with another guest who is sober or call a taxi ... or invite them to stay.
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Cheers. Bottoms up. Down that old ho-ho-ho hatch!

Nonalcoholic libations don't need to be a taste-bud yawn. Designated drivers and folks who don't drink alcohol deserve more than a boring soda water on the rocks or a cola out of a can. So colorful, alcohol-free concoctions are part of the game plan, as is de-alcoholized wine and beer.

Zanotti, a fine wine aficionado, describes the taste of de-alcoholized wines as so-so. If you agree with him, you can use this type of wine to good advantage in wine-based mocktails or hot mulled wine.

Add a splash of cassis (black currant syrup - not crme de cassis, which contains alcohol) to de-alcoholized chardonnay to make kir. Or add a drop or two of cassis to sparkling wine to make a kir royale, or to cabernet to make a cardinal.

To make mulled wine, heat 8 ounces de-alcoholized cabernet sauvignon or merlot with two whole cloves, a small piece of cinnamon stick, a twist of lemon peel, 1 teaspoon sugar and a pinch of allspice (do not boil); strain into a mug.

Nonalcoholic sparkling cider, either domestic or imported, is a festive choice. Duch de Longueville, a sparkling wine from the Normandy region of France, is a mouthwatering refresher. It's priced in the $4 range. Made with apple juice (no preservatives or added sugar), it's served ice cold. It's delicately delicious on its own, but if you like, you can add a drizzle of cassis, or garnish a cider-filled champagne glass with a sliver of tart green apple.

Fruit juices combined with bubbly soft drinks or seltzers make glamorous, cold mocktails. Or you can combine those fruit juices with spices, heat and serve piping hot. Here are some of my favorite combinations.
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Bloody Orange

3 ounces blood orange juice; see cook's notes

3 ounces raspberry seltzer or lemon-lime soda


Garnish: Slice of blood orange

Cook's notes: Blood oranges have red-streaked flesh. The juice is almost as red as tomato juice.

1. Place orange juice and seltzer (or lemon-lime soda) in tall, thin glass. Gently stir. Fill with ice.

2. Garnish with thin slice of blood orange. Serve.

Yield: 1 serving

Nutritional information (per serving): 72 calories, 0.6 grams protein, 17.7 grams carbohydrates, no fat, no cholesterol, 10 milligrams sodium.
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Slow-Cooker Cranberry Punch

2 cups cranberry juice

2 quarts apple cider

1/2 cup sugar

1 orange studded with 6 whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks, about 3 inches each

Garnish: Orange slices or cinnamon sticks

1. Combine all ingredients except garnish in slow-cooker. Simmer, covered, on low setting 1 1/2 hours.

2. Serve in warmed mugs. Garnish each with orange slice OR cinnamon stick.

Yield: 10 servings

Nutritional information (per serving): 161 calories, no protein, 40.5 grams carbohydrates, no fat, no cholesterol, 7 milligrams sodium.

Source: Adapted from "Drinks Without Alcohol" by Jane Brandt (Workman, $7.95)
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South Sea Cooler

3 ounces orange juice

1/2-ounce undiluted grapefruit concentrate

1 ounce coconut cream

1 ounce half-and-half

About 3/4 cup cracked ice

1. Place all ingredients in shaker. Shake vigorously and pour into tall, chilled glass.

Yield: 1 drink

Nutritional information (per serving): 150 calories, 2.5 grams protein, 17.3 grams carbohydrates, 8.5 fat, 51 percent calories from fat, 11 milligrams cholesterol, 27 milligrams sodium.

Source: Mothers Against Drunk Driving
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White Zin Raspberry Fooler

4 ounces alcohol-free white zinfandel; see cook's notes

1/2 ounce pured and strained raspberries; see cook's notes

2 1/2 ounces lemon-lime soda

1/2 ounce grenadine; see cook's notes

1 teaspoon sugar

Cracked ice

Cook's notes: Most "alcohol-free" wine contains less than 1/2 of 1 percent alcohol by volume. It is often labeled "dealcoholized." To make raspberry pure, process frozen (thawed) or fresh raspberries until pured, then strain to remove seeds. Grenadine is pomegranate syrup. Make sure you use one that doesn't contain alcohol.

1. Put all ingredients in tall glass. Stir to combine.

Yield: 1 drink

Nutritional information (per serving): 165 calories, 0.7 grams protein, 41.7 grams carbohydrates, 0.3 fat, 0.02 percent calories from fat, no cholesterol, 32 milligrams sodium.

Source: Mothers Against Drunk Driving
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Pomegranate Paradise

4-5 ounces chilled ginger ale or ginger beer; see cook's notes

1/2 ounce grenadine or pomegranate syrup; see cook's notes

Cracked ice

Optional garnish: 5-7 pomegranate seeds

Cook's notes: I like to use ginger ale with attitude, such as Vernors, or Stewart's Ginger Beer, but any ginger ale will work. Grenadine is pomegranate syrup. Make sure you use one that doesn't contain alcohol. Pomegranate syrup is sold in Eastern Mediterranean markets.

1. Combine ingredients (except optional garnish) in glass measuring cup; stir to combine. Strain into chilled martini glass. If desired, garnish with several pomegranate seeds. Serve immediately.

Yield: 1 drink

Nutritional information (per serving): 83 calories, no protein, 21.9 grams carbohydrates, no fat, no cholesterol, 26 milligrams sodium.
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Cider Sparkler

1 small sugar cube

Several drops angostura bitters

Sparkling nonalcoholic apple cider, chilled

Cook's notes: Angostura bitters are sold in the liquor section of most markets with the mixers. They are a distillation of herbs, barks, roots and plants; they contain a small amount of alcohol, but only 1-2 drops are used in each drink.

1. Place sugar cube in champagne flute and sprinkle with bitters.

2. Top with chilled sparkling cider. Serve.

Yield: 1 serving

Nutritional information (per serving): 82 calories, 0.5 grams protein, 20.7 grams carbohydrates, no fat, no cholesterol, no sodium.

Source: From "Entertaining 1-2-3" by Rozanne Gold (Little, Brown and Co., $27.95)
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Hibiscus Flower Coolers

4 cups water

1 cup dried hibiscus flowers (about 1 1/2 ounces); see cook's notes

1/3 cup sugar, or to taste

2 cups ice

Cook's notes: Dried hibiscus flowers are sold in Mexican markets, such as El Toro Market, 1340 W. First St., Santa Ana.

1. In saucepan, bring water to boil and add flowers. Simmer mixture 5 minutes and remove pan from heat. Let mixture stand 30 minutes to infuse.

2. Pour infusion through sieve into glass pitcher, pressing on solids, and discard flowers. Add sugar and ice, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Chill cooler and stir before serving over ice in tall glasses.

Yield: 6 cups, about 4 servings

Nutritional information (per serving): 58 calories, no protein, 15 grams carbohydrates, no fat, no cholesterol, no sodium.

Source: Adapted from Gourmet magazine, June 1997


Cranberry Royales

For drinks:

6 tablespoons frozen cranberry juice cocktail concentrate, thawed, divided use

6 teaspoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed, divided use

1 bottle de-alcoholized sparkling wine

For garnish:

12 whole fresh cranberries

6 orange slices, folded in half

6 bamboo skewers

1. Place 1 tablespoon cranberry concentrate and 1 teaspoon frozen orange juice concentrate into each of 6 champagne flutes. Top with sparkling wine. Gently stir.

2. Thread 1 cranberry, 1 orange slice and then another cranberry onto each skewer. Place skewers atop glasses.

Yield: 6 servings

Nutritional information (per serving): 109 calories, 0.7 grams protein, 27 grams carbohydrates, no fat, no cholesterol, 5 milligrams sodium

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: RECIPE: Marvelous 'Mocktails' non-alcoholic

Yeah, have plenty of non-alcoholic beverages available,If you don't want me to show up. I serve my 5 year old alcohol at Christmas, it's time to celebrate.

RE: RECIPE: Marvelous 'Mocktails' non-alcoholic

Phyllis, thanks for all the great recipies!

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