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.
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.
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.
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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