Think of this drink as a bit of bubbly, without the buzz. It’s a “mocktail” that’s perfect for someone on a restricted diet, who may be pregnant, or who just wants something refreshing without alcohol added. Of course you could add sparkling wine, but by using club soda or seltzer instead, even the kids can make a toast! Mix in whatever fruit that you like, and get creative. This sparkler comes in at 35 calories, with only 9 g of carbohydrates, zero cholesterol, zero fat, 20 mg of sodium, and just 6 g of sugar. And it’s the perfect “anytime” alternative to sugary soda. Cheers!
8 oz. fresh strawberries, hulled (or other berries)
1 cup cubed ripe melon (cantaloupe, Crenshaw, honeydew, watermelon)
2 cups ice cold water
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tbsps. finely chopped fresh basil or mint leaves
2 tbsps. sugar or sugar substitute to taste (optional)*
8 oz. club soda (can also use tonic water)
Basil or mint sprigs, for garnish
Lemon slices, for garnish
Combine strawberries, melon, water, and basil or mint in a blender. Whirl to liquefy. Allow mixture to sit for five minutes to allow basil or mint to infuse fruit puree with flavor. Pour into a one-quart pitcher. Add lemon juice and sugar, as desired. (If sugar is added, stir to dissolve.)
To serve, put ice into four glasses. Pour fruit mixture over ice. Add two oz. of club soda/seltzer or tonic water to each. Garnish each glass with lemon slices, plus basil or mint.
Serve immediately. Pureed fruit may settle.
*May already be sweet enough with fresh fruit. Taste first before adding any additional sugar or sugar substitute.
Recipe adapted from www.eatright.org