Monday, May 22, 2017

Fruit Juice Spritzer (Non-Alcoholic)

A Spritzer is a wine or sparkling wine cocktail that has a soda fizz and fresh fruits and juices for flavor. You can do something very nearly the same with just juice and club soda.

This may be one of the most popular non-alcoholic drinks or mocktails made at bars. It happens when a ticket comes up for a "Fruit Juice Punch," leaving the bartender to use whatever juices are on hand to come up with something that tastes good. Here's the trick. There's little guidance in the recipe so this can turn out lots of different ways depending on the juices you use.

First, don't add sugar. Orange and pineapple juice are sweet enough to balance other juices. For a more sour drink, use lime and lemon juice and only add cranberry juice (about twice as much as the citrus juice) to add color and sweetness. This will be very tart.

My version pictured is lemon juice, orange juice and pineapple juice.
  • 3 oz. fruit juice of your choice
  • sparkling water
  • lemon twist
Build drink in a wine goblet with ice with juice and ice. Top with sparkling water and stir gently. Garnish with the lemon twist. 

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