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Easy Sparkling Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Sparkling non-alcoholic drinks with a secret ingredient. 

Earlier in the year, I posted about a lovely Grapefruit Gin Fizz. One of my wonderful readers commented that the drink sounded good but they didn’t drink alcohol. I thought “Hey! I have some really yummy drinks for that too. ” So here we are with delicious sparkling non-alcoholic drinks.

The secret ingredient is vinegar. Not any old vinegar. I get these fantastic flavored balsamic vinegars from Olives On Tap. We have a store in North Vancouver. My favorites for drinks are the Mango flavor and the Coconut flavor.  Two or three Tablespoons in a tall glass with sparkling water and ice and you have a sweet, tart refreshing drink.  My favorite way is to make it half mango and half coconut.  Delicious and thirst quenching on hot days.

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Another fabulous vinegar non-alcoholic drink is mixing a fruit shrub with sparkling water. I introduced this in my post on blackberries (Delicious Recipes for Blackberry Season). Shrubs can be made with nearly any fruit. I find berries work best. I have used blueberries which are awesome with the vinegar. The vinegar draws out the berry flavor beautifully. I was introduced to shrubs with a recipe that used cranberries. It makes a nice addition to a Thanksgiving evening, is a festive drink for your guests who prefer something non-alcoholic,  and a spoonful is lovely in a glass of champagne.

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Basic Shrub recipe for non-alcoholic drinks

2 cups fruit

1 cup cider vinegar

1 cup sugar

For hard-skinned fruits (like cranberries) heat just to a boil then let sit in the refrigerator for several days. For soft-skinned fruits, like blackberries, it is not necessary to bring to a boil but heat may be needed to get the sugar into solution.  Strain the mixture and store the liquid in a jar in the refrigerator. Add 2-3 Tbsp to sparkling water.

easy, sparkling, nonalcoholic drinks, www.moderngillie.com Enjoy these lovely non-alcoholic drinks in the last days of summer and all year round for something different and refreshing. 

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25 thoughts on “Easy Sparkling Non-Alcoholic Drinks

    • Gillikent says:
      I love making and inventing cocktails for guests and it’s great to make those folks who don’t drink alcohol feel special. Instead of saying “there is some soda in the fridge” I can say “oh, I have something special for you.”
  1. Carrie says:
    What a refreshing idea! You mentioned in a comment about freezing fruit in ice cubes and then adding them to the different types of sparkling drinks. After that, all I could think about was how amazing that would look in those beautiful Chrystal glasses. Definitely a recipe I will try!
  2. gursimrat says:
    These drinks look so beautiful, refreshing and healthy at the same time. Recipes are easy to follow and great if you don't drink alcohol. I will definitely try these. Thanks for sharing.

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