Summer Entertaining Without the Liquor!

If you are throwing a party or attending someone else’s, why not consider bringing along some alcohol-removed champagne and wine to add a festive sparkle without the booze?

I’m currently on a coast-to-coast promotion of non-alcoholic cocktails with Fre by Sutter Home. This morning I hung out with Holly and Evan (the dynamic duo or Rochester’s 13 WHAM TV and did two segments on their morning show featuring of my colorful and delicious (if I do say so myself) recipes using Fre.

Watch the segments on their website to see how to make the cocktails and hear more about beinga “Thoughtful Entertainer,” (the new-and-improved “Hostess With the Mostess!”)

And, if you’re tempted to whip up intoxicatingly fun non-alcoholic libations for your celebrations today, here are those recipes:

The Liquid Muse Virgin Mixology
Designed for Fre by Sutter Home, Summer 2008

(all rights reserved by The Liquid Muse, LLC)

Tokyo Dreams (Martini Glass)
1 chopped lychee

1/4 ounce lime juice
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 1/2 ounces mandarin orange juice
3 ounces Fre Alcohol-Removed Premium White
Garnish: 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, 1 whole lychee on a cocktail skewer

Rim a martini glass with powdered sugar. Muddle lychee, lime juice, sugar and ginger in the bottom of a mixing glass or cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, add wine. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. Place the cocktail skewer across the rim of the glass.

Tropical Tease (White Wine Glass)
1 heaping tablespoon diced fresh mango

3 torn mint leaves
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 ounce lime juice
3 ounces Fre Alcohol-Removed White Zinfandel
Garnish: 1 lime wheel

Muddle mango, mint, sugar and lime juice in the bottom of a mixing glass or cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, add wine. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled champagne flute. Place the lime wheel on the rim of the glass.

Sparkling Sangria Cooler (Collins Glass)
1 tablespoon Marinated Summer Fruit
4 ounces Fre Alcohol-Removed Brut
Garnish: Sprig of fresh mint and colorful straw

Prepare Marinated Summer Fruit at least 2 hours before a party (serves 10): Dice 8 strawberries, 2 large (peeled) peaches and 3(peeled) kiwis into a large bowl. Sprinkle fruit with 2 tablespoons raw brown sugar, and pour in1 cup of peach juice, Refrigerate.

When ready to serve, spoon 1 tablespoon of Marinated Summer Fruit mixture into each glass, along with at least 1 tablespoon of the liquid from the bowl. Fill glass with ice and top with Fre Brut. Garnish each glass with a sprig of fresh mint and a colorful straw.

Yankee Doodle Candy Cocktail (Champagne Flute)
1 package pop rocks
1 ounce mango juice
1 ounce pineapple juice
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce grenadine
2 ounces Fre Alcohol-Removed Spumante or Brut

Rub the rim of a champagne flute with a lime, then dip the rim onto a small plate sprinkled with pop rocks, set aside. Pour juices into an ice-filled cocktail shaker, shake vigorously, then gently strain into the champagne flute. Slowly add the Fre sparkling wine, then the grenadine.

Let the fireworks begin!


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