Non drinkers and kids often miss out on the fun when it comes time to toasting in the New Year with champagne. At our house however, we’ve solved this problem by providing our non-drinking guests with mock champagne using non-alcoholic ingredients. The mock champagne is served up in real champagne glasses and often looks just like the real thing.
There’s all sorts of ways to make Mock champagne. Here’s just a few ideas for making fake champagne for your non-drinking guests.
White grape juice & soda. White grape juice adds just the right color and taste to mock champagne. The best combination of flavors seems to be white grape juice with either 7up, or Ginger Ale. We keep the beverages cold in refrigerator, and then mix up the ingredients at the last minute to prevent the soda from getting flat.
Club soda, a squeeze of lime, and Grenadine. My kids used to call this drink a “Roy Roger Light” because it used club soda instead of Coca Cola. To make this tasty mock champagne, fill a champagne glass with chilled club soda, stir in a teaspoon of Grenadine, and top with a squeeze of lime.
Ginger Ale and Grenadine. Also known as a “Shirley Temple”, this drink makes a fabulous mock champagne when served up in a champagne glass. If you don’t have Ginger Ale on hand, 7up will also work.
Homemade Mock Champagne. This recipe has been kicking around for a number of years, but continues to be a fantastic substitute for champagne. Ingredients called for in this recipe include:
2/3 c. sugar
2/3 c. water
1 c. grapefruit juice
1/ c. orange juice, pulp removed
1/4 c Grenadine
2L bottle of Ginger Ale, chilled
1. Mix the sugar and water in a small sauce pan. Slowly stir as the mixture comes to a boil. Turn down the heat to a slow boil and let simmer for 10 minutes.
2. Bring to room temperature. Combine with the grapefruit and orange juice. Transfer juice mixture to a pitcher and return to refrigerator to chill.
3. Just before serving, mix the chilled juice with the Grenadine and Ginger Ale. Pour into champagne glasses and pass around.
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