It's summer, and although lots of us are hoping to drink litres upon litres of Aperol Spritz, some of us are looking to lay off the booze for a bit.
Now, going alcohol-free doesn't have to mean boring, tasteless drinking. It can be just as delicious as drinking alcohol. And with the rise in low/no alcohol, you've actually got plenty of options to choose from.
Now, we could tell you to make your sangria with grape fruit juice, or get even fancier with cold tea and honey, but the makers of new booze-free drink, Nine Elms No. 18, are convinced their drink with its tannic acidity is the perfect base for a non-alcoholic sangria.
The drink claims to be the first "intricately crafted non-alcoholic drink for lovers of good food" and is made from the juice of four different types of berry and 20 different botanical extracts and infusions for a complex and delicious taste profile.
Basically, it's non-alcoholic wine but without that sickly sweet grape juice flavour.
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Not only can it be enjoyed served straight up over ice, its versatility also makes it the perfect ingredient when mixing up a variety of delicious summery cocktails. And you bet I'm talking about Sangria (check out the recipe below).
The brands Sangria recipe involves all the classic elements of the original summer favourite but with light, summer fruits and an added twist of spice from ginger ale, star anise and cinnamon. And we're obsessed.
Non-Alcoholic Sangria Ingredients:
- A bottle of Nine Elms No. 18
- Strawberries, sliced into thin rounds across the core (at least 12)
- Watermelon (seedless or seeds removed) sliced into small wedges about 5mm thick
- Peach or nectarine – stone removed and thinly sliced
- Cinnamon quill
- 2 Star Anise
- Orange, for twisting
- Dry Ginger Ale
- Combine strawberries, watermelon, peach, cinnamon and star anise in a large bowl.
- Pour in the whole bottle of Nine Elms and squeeze juices from orange into bowl.
- Pop the bowl in the fridge to steep for at least an hour, but better left for up to 4 hours.
- Decant the liquid and fruit into a large jug, filling to just over half-way and top with dry ginger ale.
- Stir gently, then serve in punch or wine glasses, making sure to include a good amount of the steeped fruit. Garnish with another orange twist.
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