Thursday, February 4, 2016

You Say Sangria....She says "Non-Gria"

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We recently had a request to put together a menu, including sweet buffet and beverages for a baby shower. We added this "Non-Gria" non-alcoholic Mocktail to the menu as there were several ladies who were pregnant and not consuming alcohol.

The recipe is below, and is one I developed from a combination of several recipes I found. This combination has gotten rave reviews from family, friends and clients. It makes quite a bit, so be sure to have plenty of space in your refrigerator! The longer it chills, (at least overnight) the more intense the flavor. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have!



Non-Gria: (makes about 3 gallons)

1 Standard size bottle Cran-Raspberry Juice
1 Standard size bottle White Grape Juice
1 Standard size bottle apple juice
Juice of 2 whole lemons OR 2 cups lemonade (from a mix)
2 lemons sliced- with peel2 limes sliced-with peel
2 naval oranges halved and sliced-with peel
1 sweet apple-cored and sliced-skin on
1 tart apple cored and sliced-skin on
2 peaches pitted and sliced-skin on
1 Pear cored and sliced-skin on
2-3 cups fresh or frozen berries-any variety
2-3 cups fresh or canned pineapple (with juice) cut into bite sized chunks
1 liter orange or pineapple soda


1- Wash, pit, core and slice fruit, except berries. Place in a large container (I used a stainless steel stock pot-do not use aluminum!)

2- Add all juices to fruit, including pineapple from can (but NOT the soda) and gently stir to blend. Add 1/2 the berries to container/pot and place in refrigerator preferably overnight, but no less than 3 hours.

3-In a separate round plastic container or cake pan, place reserved berries and pour orange soda over so that container is 3/4 filled to the top. Plcae in freezer so that it is level. Freeze solid.

4-When ready to serve, scoop juice and fruit mixture in a punch bowl. Remove frozen soda ring from freezer and pop out of its container. (You may need to run under warm water for a moment to release it.) Place the frozen ring in the punch bowl to keep Non-Gria cold. (AS the soda ring melts it will not dilute the juices.)

Serve in wide mouth glasses, so the beverage and fruit can be enjoyed.


VARIATIONS:

You can add some honey (1/4 to 1/2 cup) to the juice mixture before chilling if you like a sweeter taste

Freeze soda and berries in cube trays to add to glasses or pitchers if you are not using a punch bowl.

To make an alcoholic version, replace orange soda with orange juice, and replace white grape juice with a (liter) bottle of wine.

Garnish with a stick of cinnamon (fall and winter) or a sprig of basil or spearmint (spring and summer) if desired.


Enjoy! :)


*A downloadable version of this recipe will be coming soon!)