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Aug 17, 2006 08:22 PM

Sophisticated & delicious non-alcoholic beverages? [moved from General Topics]

I love wine but there are times I just want something non-alcoholic. I usually have Aqualibra... herbal lightly carbonated, available at my health food store & some high end gourmet shops. Are there any other really good non-alcoholic drinks?

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  1. What I've been enjoying this summer is Fresca on ice with a twist of lemon zest and a splash of pomegranate juice.

    1. I don't know if it's sophisticated, but I drink fruit juice with seltzer. My preferred blends are pomegranate or grapefruit with seltzer. It's refreshing on hot days, not too sweet, can be made fancier with additional fruit or cordials.

      For company who don't drink alcohol I usually get sparkling grape or sparkling apple juice.

      1. There are number of Italian 'sodas' that I like- in particular San Pelegrino's Sanbitter, which is similar to a non-alcoholic Campari and soda but perhaps a little sweeter, and their Chinotto, same concept but akin to an amaro. You can get them at Italian markets and delis.

        1. Turkish sour cherry juice.

          I too like chinotto.

          Ting Jamaican grapefruit soda.

          1. Minty Lime Coolers, from the Border Grill -

            1/2 cup lime juice, a big handful of mint, 1/3 cup superfine sugar in a blender for a long time - 3 or 4 minutes. Put ice cubes in 2 tall glasses, put half the puree in each, then add sparkling water (about 6 oz per). Tasty and refreshing.