Alcohol-free drinks pack a safe punch

December 30, 1992|By Casey Selix | Casey Selix,Contributing Writer Universal Press Syndicate

TV's "Dallas" might be long gone and the famed Ewing ranc might have seen better times, but a drink called Southfork slinger is alive and well, and packing all the punch of a . . . peach?

J. R. probably wouldn't have touched it, but others who are concerned about drunken driving hope holiday revelers will. Here are some recipes for alcohol-free concoctions.

Exotic pursuit

Makes 16 servings.

1 (12-ounce) can frozen white grape juice concentrate

1 (12-ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate

1 (8-ounce) can frozen fruit punch concentrate

1 1/2 cups guava juice

2 (25-ounce) bottles Perrier water

lime slices, small bunches of grapes or slices of exotic fruit for garnish

Mix ingredients and pour into tall glasses. Garnish with lime wheels, grapes or fruit.

Per serving: calories: 144; sodium: 17 milligrams.

Source: California Highway Patrol

Non-alcoholic sangria

Makes 1 gallon (16 servings).

1 quart orange juice

3 quarts non-alcoholic dry red wine

2 oranges, washed and sliced

1 lemon, washed and sliced

up to 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar (optional)

soda water (optional)

Mix all except the optional ingredients in several large pitchers and let stand for 4 to 6 hours. Add ice and taste. Sweeter? Stir in confectioners' sugar to taste. Lighter? Splash in some soda water. Pour into large wine or old-fashioned glasses, letting a little of the fruit fall into each glass.

Per serving: calories: 97; sodium: 7 milligrams.

Source: adapted from "The Fannie Farmer Cookbook" (1991)

Southfork slingers

Makes 8 (6-ounce) servings.

2 1/2 cups boiling water

5 almond herbal tea bags

1 (16-ounce) can sliced peaches, drained

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 quart vanilla ice cream

Pour boiling water over tea bags; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Remove bags and chill tea. Combine half of tea and half each of peaches, lemon juice and ice cream in a blender. Process until smooth. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve immediately.

Per serving: calories: 173; fat: 7 grams; cholesterol: 30 milligrams; sodium: 63 milligrams; calories from fat: 36 percent.

Source: Addicare Health Care Systems.

Mock champagne

Makes 1 1/2 gallons.

1 (46-ounce) can pineapple juice

1 (46-ounce) can apple juice

1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade

1/2 cup sugar

4 (28-ounce) bottles ginger ale, chilled

Combine juices, lemonade and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Freeze overnight. Remove from freezer 3 to 4 hours before serving. Place in large punch bowl and add ginger ale. Do not add ice.

Per serving: calories: 153; sodium: 11 milligrams.

Source: Dallas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

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