How to Make Virgin Sangrias and Virgin Mojitos while Amusing Your Cat by Cleo Coyle

Print Friendly and PDF

Got overripe fruit? Waste not! This virgin sangria is a nice way to make use of it.

Why virgin? A white wine sangria is delicious, but on a workday, I prefer that my fingers hit my laptop keyboard rather than my forehead, which means no firewater until the day is done. 

Click here for
free Recipe PDF.

A virgin sangria is also a good idea for households with kids because it can be converted into an adult beverage at the time it's poured, which means one pitcher can conveniently serve drinkers and non-drinkers.


To download the recipe now
in a free PDF, click here.


OR...

To continue reading this post and see how I amused my cat (and get the recipe for Virgin Mojitos) scroll down or click here or on the Read More link below...




Cleo Coyle writes two
bestselling mystery
 series with her husband.
To learn more, click here
.

Cleo Coyle's Virgin Sangria 

Makes 2 quarts

Ingredients:

- 1 (11.5 fluid ounce) can of frozen
   white grape juice concentrate


- 1 quart bottled or sparkling water

- 2 cups sliced strawberries

- 4 to 5 peaches or nectarines, chopped

- 2 cups chopped watermelon

MIX IT: Empty concentrate into your pitcher or container and stir in the water. When the concentrate is melted into a smooth liquid, add in the fruit. Stir well, cover, and chill for several hours or overnight. The fruit will fortify the white grape juice, making it refreshingly delicious. It will also blush the color from an unappetizing dark yellow to a pretty shade of deep pink.

SERVE IT: Serve chilled in a frosty cold glass and garnish by a triangle of watermelon or small strawberry (see my photos for ideas).




SPIKE IT, IF YOU LIKE: This is a versatile drink for a household with children or one with drinkers and non-drinkers. To serve this drink as an adult beverage, simply mix half a glass of the virgin sangria with a generous splash of port, sherry, or your favorite fortified wine. Brandy, grappa, cognac, vodka, rum, and fruit liqueurs are other possible ways to spike this refreshing summer cooler. (A concentrated wine or hard alcohol will give you better results than standard wines or sparkling wines, which may taste too diluted by the virgin sangria.)

While I've never tried vodka, it should work well, as should rum. Unfortunately, as I’ve written in the past on this blog, white rum sends me to the dark side, so it’s a non-starter for me. 


That’s why I drink this Virgin Mojito! 

For my Virgin Mojito
recipe, click here.


To read my recipe post:


Tale of the Virgin Mojito 
and My Cat Mr. Fellows' 
Bad Nip Trip, click here.



🐱


Amuse Your Cat... 






Yes, as I was taking photos for this post, one of our adopted New York Strays, Durango Quick (aka Rango or Mr. Quick), decided that a peach also makes a very good beach ball. And, of course, after playtime, he decided to take a taste of the delicious water droplets shimmering on the edge of my watermelon garnish. So…




Cheers to all you thirsty
cats out there!


Eat (and read) with joy!

New York Times bestselling author
of The Coffeehouse Mysteries and
Haunted Bookshop Mysteries



This is me -- Cleo (Alice) 
with my husband Marc.

Visit our online coffeehouse here.
And follow us at these links...

🔎


Just Released!

"Terrific Series"

--Criminal Element



"Utterly Charming" 

--Mystery Scene



Amazon * B&N 

Indiebound * BAM 

More Buy Links






 

Cleo's Free UPDATED!
Checklist of Haunted Bookshop 

Mysteries in Order



The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries are
bestselling 
works of amateur sleuth fiction 
featuring an earnest young widow who runs a
quaint Rhode Island bookshop and the ghost
of a hardboiled PI who haunts her.
Click the image above for Cleo's
free Checklist of Books in Order.





New Paperback Edition

Releasing July 6th!


5 Best of Year Lists



Buy Hardcover Now or 

Pre-Order Paperback:


Amazon  B&N  *  Indiebound 

+ More buy links




Cleo Coyle’s Brewed Awakening
is not only a coffee lover's mystery. 
It's a culinary mystery with a tempting 
menu of delicious recipes!

Click here or on the image above
for Cleo Coyle's Free Recipe Guide
to Brewed Awakening



The Coffeehouse Mysteries are bestselling works
of amateur sleuth fiction set in a landmark 
Greenwich Village coffeehouse, and each of the 
18 titles includes the added bonus of recipes.  




Get a free Title Checklist of
Cleo Coyle's Books in Order
Click here 
or on the image below.





If you'd like to subscribe to Cleo's Newsletter 
and join her "Coffee Club," simply click here.


👇


Cleo is now working on her 
next book and 
Newsletter!


Don't miss her book news, 
bonus recipes, and fun 

prize package giveaways!

TO SIGN UP...