Pregnancy is an incredibly exciting time! Annie of Annie’s Eats is expecting her second child, a little girl. Courtney of Cook Like a Champion initiated a virtual baby shower for Annie, and a bunch of us have prepared recipes to “bring” to the virtual baby shower. I took advantage of the chance to try out some new beverage recipes. During my first trimester, I lived off lemonade but I am beyond tired of lemonade. Most beverages are too sweet for me these days so I’ve been struggling finding something I actually enjoy drinking!
Since this is a baby shower (and I am pregnant), I needed to find a good non-alcoholic beverage But babies and showers in general are a great time of celebration so champagne based drinks kept coming to mind. Then I stumbled across this recipe for Mock Champagne. Perfection! Its really not too champagne-ish in my opinion, the juices make it too sweet to resemble champagne, but it is tasty! I drank far too much of it
I’ve included instructions in the recipe for making ice cubs/ice ring to help keep the Mock Champagne cooled during a party, but I don’t put ice in my real Champagne, so opted not to for this recipe too. But if it were actually going to be sitting out for a few hours in a non-virtual baby shower, I’d recommend following the additional step to keep the mock champagne chilled (although I drank some at room temperature as well and it tasted fine).
Yields: 20 8 oz. servings
2 (2 liter) bottles ginger ale, chilled
1 (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice, chilled
1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle white grape juice, chilled
fresh fruit for garnish, if desired
Optional: If you’d like ice to keep the Mock Champagne chilled longer during a party, freeze 1 liter of ginger ale in ice cube trays. Add fresh fruit/flowers if desired.
Combine all ingredients in large punch bowl, including ice (if using).
Source: Adapted from Allrecipes