Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Party Ready Pantry: Fre Alcohol Removed Wine

I hope everyone had a fantastic Fourth! I spent the weekend entertaining my family while they were here visiting with our new baby girl. We had a fantastic time together and per the usual, we all ate way too much delicious food! And, my sister introduced me to something I had never heard of before: Fre Alcohol Removed Wine. Now, I for one am never one to turn down a glass of alcohol FULL wine but my sister is pregnant and I recently gave birth to my first baby so alcohol free alternatives are always welcome. I know most of you have probably seen sparkling grape juice and cider in the store but this is completely different. It actually tastes like wine and not some sugary, carbonated fruit juice. And at only five bucks a bottle, you can't beat it for an alcohol free option at your entertaining events. It is always good to have options for everyone at your party and it will really show you care if you go the extra mile for those who can't indulge in the usual drink options. You can find Fre Wines at most grocery stores or you can order online here. You can choose from six different varieties including Merlot, Premium White, Sparkling Brut, White Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Premium Red.

Check out these great recipes from the Frewines.com website. All the great flavor minus the hangover! What could be better?!
Tropical Tease
Champagne Flute
1 heaping tablespoon diced fresh mango
3 torn mint leaves
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 ounce lime juice
3 ounces Fre alcohol free White Zinfandel
Garnish: 1 lime wheel
Muddle papaya, mint, sugar and lime juice in the bottom of a mixing glass or cocktail shaker.  Fill with ice, add wine. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled champagne flute.  Place the lime wheel on the rim of the glass.

Sparkling Sangria Cooler

Collins Glass
1 tablespoon Marinated Summer Fruit
4 ounces Fre alcohol free Brut
Garnish:  Sprig of fresh mint and colorful straw

Prepare Marinated Summer Fruit at least 2 hours before a party (serves 10):  Dice 8 strawberries, 2 large (peeled) peaches and 3(peeled) kiwis into a large bowl.  Sprinkle fruit with 2 tablespoons raw brown sugar, and pour in1 cup of peach juice, Refrigerate.
When ready to serve, spoon 1 tablespoon of Marinated Summer Fruit mixture into each glass, along with at least 1 tablespoon of the liquid from the bowl.  Fill glass with ice and top with Fre Brut.  Garnish each glass with a sprig of fresh mint and a colorful straw.

Merry Berry Basil Mojito

1 heaping tablespoon of diced strawberries
1 tablespoon torn basil
1 ounce simple syrup* (or 1 teaspoon white granulated sugar)
1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 ounces Fre White Zinfandel alcohol free wine

Muddle strawberries, basil and simple syrup in the bottom of a tall glass.  Add ice.  Fill with Fre White Zinfandel.
* Bring 1 cup of water, 2 cups of sugar to a boil, then reduce temperature and simmer for 5 minutes.  Cool, and refrigerate.

All Recipes created by Natalie Bovis of The Liquid Muse http://www.theliquidmuse.com/

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