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Champagne-y but not champagne

Lelzah Jan 31, 2014 08:27 PM

I'm giving my bridesmaids bottles of champagne as part of their gifts. But I've got a junior bridesmaid who is around a decade too young for champagne. I'd like to get her something sort of grown up and super delicious and similar enough to champagne to make her feel fancy and grownup. No big jug of Pepsi. Or drunk niece. Any suggestions?

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  1. Tripeler RE: Lelzah Jan 31, 2014 08:39 PM

    Martinelli's Sparkling Apple Cider is sold in Champagne-look bottles, and is not at all sweet. This should achieve your objectives. Walmart has it, and it is not expensive. You can probably find it at most supermarkets.


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    1. re: Tripeler
      pinehurst RE: Tripeler Jan 31, 2014 09:01 PM

      I agree with this. Or, for a not-too-sweet something in a glass bottle, you could go for an Aranciata or a Limonata.
      Or, a "champagne cola"

      But yay to the sparkling cider. Festive little bottles, too.

      1. re: Tripeler
        treb RE: Tripeler Feb 1, 2014 04:45 AM

        Stuff is gross.

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          Karl S RE: treb Feb 1, 2014 08:18 AM

          I have to agree. I can't recommend this.

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            biondanonima RE: Karl S Feb 3, 2014 10:39 AM

            I agree, I think it's foul, but my DH's daughters love it and request it for New Year's Eve every year.

        2. re: Tripeler
          sedimental RE: Tripeler Feb 1, 2014 09:33 AM

          My kids always liked this.

        3. Cheese Boy RE: Lelzah Jan 31, 2014 09:58 PM

          Kedem Sparkling Concord Juice

          Martinelli's non-alcoholic sparkling juices

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            treb RE: Lelzah Feb 1, 2014 04:47 AM

            make her feel special and give her something different but nice like a bottle of perfume.

            1. iluvcookies RE: Lelzah Feb 1, 2014 05:09 AM

              Markets like Whole Foods and Trader Joes have nice selections of sparkling juices and sparkling drinks that are celebratory and non alcoholic.

              I've seen this product in a local market--made from juice, tea and sparkling water:

              I've also seen this, made by Lorina:

              These are a little nicer than the Martinelli's cider. I'll bet if you stop at a local upscale grocery/market near you that you will find several options similar to these.

              Congrats on the wedding too!

              1. Monica RE: Lelzah Feb 1, 2014 08:06 AM


                I bought a few bottles of these for a baby shower before from my local gourmet store...see if you can find shops online to buy these.

                1. eclecticsynergy RE: Lelzah Feb 2, 2014 10:28 PM

                  +1 on sparkling grape juices. Sweet enough to appeal to the younger palate. And you can tell her truthfully that it's basically unfermented champagne.

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                  1. re: eclecticsynergy
                    Cheese Boy RE: eclecticsynergy Feb 2, 2014 10:35 PM

                    They have a beautiful color to them AND they taste great !!

                  2. c oliver RE: Lelzah Feb 3, 2014 09:29 AM


                    This isn't a brand I'm familiar with but I see French sparkling fruit juices in 'nicer' markets. Attractive bottling and not the ubiquitous apple juice :)

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