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MocktailsMocktails are an interesting alternative to an alcoholic bar for an event. Here are two of my favourite recipes for you to try.

The source for these recipes is as follows:
Cooking Light
Darcy Lenz
Vol 30 number 1

Spanish Dancer
¼ cup water
½ teaspoon saffron threads
1 ½ cups fresh Cara Cara orange juice
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
2 tablespoons light agave syrup
9 Cara Cara orange wedges
1 cup club soda

Combine ¼ cup water and saffron in a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave at high for 45 seconds. Cool completely. Combine saffron water, orange juice, vinegar, and agave in medium bowl, stirring with a whisk
Place 2 orange wedges and 2 ice cubes in each of 3 high ball glasses. Pour 2/3 cup saffron mixture and
1/3 cup club soda into each glass. Squeeze remaining 3 orange wedges evenly into drinks.

Flight of the Concords
½ cup water
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons juniper berries, lightly crushed
12 ounces seedless Concord or black grapes
1 orange rind strip
1 rosemary sprig
2 cups tonic water
1 cup club soda
¼ cup fresh orange juice
4 rosemary spigs

Combine first 6 ingredients in a small saucepan over medium to high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 14 minutes. Do this until liquid is slightly syrupy, stirring occasionally to break up grapes. Cool completely. Remove and discard orange rind and rosemary. Place grape mixture in a blender or food processer. Pulse until coarsely chopped. Strain liquid through a fine sieve over a bowl, pressing gently to extract liquid from solids, discard the solids.

To prepare each cocktail, place ¼ cup grape mixture in an ice filled glass. Add ½ cup tonic water, ¼ cup club soda and 1 tablespoon orange juice. Garnish each drink with a rosemary sprig.

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