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Jan 31, 2014 08:27 PM

Champagne-y but not champagne

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. 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

      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: treb

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

          1. re: Karl S

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

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

            1. 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!


                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.