Let’s face it, giving up a weeknight glass of red or that ice cold martini on the weekend can be tough! It is not as though I planned my nights or weekends around the bottle, but it is safe to say that I love champagne and I have created a life and career around entertaining, where bubbly is always flowing! The real party though is about to begin when Baby Gundry is born in September. My large belly is a constant reminder of this pure and utter joy that is about to burst into our lives in just a couple of months. Despite some odd changes (squirmy movements, smaller bladder and late-night cravings) that have occurred over the past several months, there is nothing more exciting and we truly can’t wait!
So back to the booze. I miss it! But, I found something to replace it and it is called Fre. My best kept secret that I now need to shout from the rooftops for all the world to hear! If you are looking for a relaxing and delicious glass of wine, without the alcohol, Fre wines provide an alternative beverage for people who cannot or choose not to consume alcohol yet do not want to compromise on flavor! Through the de-alcoholization process of producing Fre, less than one half of one percent of alcohol remains in the wine. Fre is gluten free and vegan, and I am telling you right now that when I pour a glass or create a Fre mocktail I am instantly transported into the state of tranquility and relaxation that I enjoyed so much when having a drink.
I have created three mocktails with three of my favorite Fre wines for you to enjoy this summer! What is so neat about Fre is that it IS wine. This is not a sugary juice that you try and trick yourself into drinking. Fre is made in Northern California and the flavors and aromas take you straight to a beautiful vineyard. To make Fre, winemakers use the revolutionary spinning cone column to remove alcohol while preserving the delicate fragrances and flavors of the wine. The finished product is a fresh, delicious beverage with all of the characteristic aromas and flavors of premium wine, but with less than 0.5% alcohol and half the calories of traditional wine.
Cherry Apple Orange Sangria
When making non-alcoholic sangria, forget using a sugary grape juice, but instead try Fre’s Red Blend. A simple recipe served over ice with fresh fruit will keep you cool as a cucumber.
Cherry Apple Orange Sangria, with Fre Red Blend
Ingredients: 1 cup cherries, pitted + 1 orange, sliced + 1 green apple, sliced + 1 bottle Fre Red Blend + 1 cup club soda
Directions: Combine fruit and Fre Red Blend in a pitcher. Allow to sit for an hour for fruit to absorb the flavors. Add 3-4 cups of ice and club soda. Serve.
Recipe serves 4-6.
Perfect Pairing: Summer BBQs, Corn on the Cob, and Strawberry Mango Salsa
If you are feeling guilty about the occasional early-day drink, try this Mock-Mango-Mosa! Similar to your standard mimosa, yet without the alcohol and extra calories. As they say, it's not day-drinking if you do not start in the morning!
Mock-Mango-Mosa, with Fre Sparkling Brut
Ingredients: 5 mangos + 2 tablespoons lime juice + 1 bottle chilled Fre Brut
Directions: Peel and dice 4 mangos. In a food processor puree the mangoes. Strain the mango puree using a fine mesh strainer. You will have about 1 ½ cups of puree. In a large pitcher mix the mango puree, lime juice and bottle of Fre Brut. Pour into glasses and garnish with sliced mangos and limes.
Recipe makes 8 mocktails.
Strawberry Basil Moscato
And nothing says summer like strawberries and the smell of basil. Here is a great way to enjoy Moscato with a little extra summer flavor! I enjoy this on our back porch with cheese and crackers. Not only is it pretty, but it is delightfully refreshing.
Strawberry Basil Moscato, with Fre Moscato
Ingredients: 4 strawberries, chopped + 2 teaspoons sugar + 2 ounces lemon juice + 6 ounces Fre Moscato
Directions: Using a hand blender puree the strawberries with the sugar and lemon juice. Strain the puree. Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour the strawberry puree mixture into the glass. Top with the Fre Moscato. Garnish with strawberries and basil.
Recipe makes 1 mocktail. Multiply for a large crowd.
Perfect Pairings: Light cheeses, pasteurized of course!, Hummus, and Fish Tacos
I am having so much fun creating mocktails with Fre wines. Stay tuned for more recipes this summer, including my must-haves for the third trimester and darling details for a baby shower. To learn more Fre wines and their process, please click here!
This post is sponsored by Fre Wines. The content and opinions expressed here are my own.