Raw Vegan Non Alcoholic Champagne Mocktail Punch15
Piggies! Today is the 84th annual Academy Awards ceremony and Billy Crystal returns to host for the ninth time! I am so excited! This is just a very short post as I am hosting a brunch at my house before heading off to Skyboat Media's annual Oscar party. My friends Stefan Rudnicki and Gabrielle de Cuir host a sensational Oscar bash every year in honour of Gabrielle's father John De Cuir, celebrated art director and production designer who won 3 Oscars and a whopping 11 nominations. Nobody throws a party like Stephan and Gabrielle! Every year they choose a theme that pays homage to John and one of the films or actors nominated that year. Having attended their amazing party last year, I am DYING to see what they do tonight!
Before I head off to greet my guests, I had to share the raw vegan mock champagne I am serving for my brunch to celebrate not only Oscar, but our SodaStream giveaway this month! This non alcoholic champagne mocktail punch is just another quick easy recipe you can make using the SodaStream. You can use any sparkling water in this recipe. But it sure makes it easier and cheaper to use your SodaStream. If you haven't entered the giveaway yet, you have a few more days. Simply create a piggy name, and then share on Twitter and Facebook for bonus entries. Good Luck!
This non alcoholic champagne is delicious and mild without being too sweet. You can always leave the sweetener out or use a little bit of stevia if you want to make this sugar free. I actually like this punch mild. But I added the sweetener to match the flavour of commercial sodas that will appeal to those who want something with a bit more of a kick. I have kept the ginger mild with 2 teaspoons, but if you want a little more heat you could add more. Or you could simply leave it out. The best thing about this simple little drink is that it can be enjoyed by the whole family. For other mocktail ideas check out my lemonade with whole lemons, cherry limeade or non alcoholic sangria.
Other things on the menu this morning are: nori vegetable omelette rolls, gluten free carrot and date muffins, gluten free date and walnut loaf, breads with raw vegan cashew dip, green pea chutney, avocado spread, and raspberry jam, and lots of other goodies! But no breakfast celebration would be complete without serving my raw vegan breakfast bombs that were featured on Chow.Com and Glamour. These quick easy "berries and cream" glasses serve as spectacular edible centrepieces to line the table. Perfect for any party. Check out the video I did as part of the Chow Tips series.
So, I am off to toast Oscar! Will it be Meryl Streep and George Clooney who take him home tonight? Or will Viola Davis and Jean Dujardin pip them at the post! My money is on The Artist to take home the main prize! That film was just exquisite. But I also hold a special place in my heart for Hugo. Martin Scorcese is just a genius, so this might be a major winner in the techincal categories tonight. But, anything can happen! Can't wait to debrief with you all tomorrow morning. I am off to put on my frock! Have a great day :)
Raw Vegan Non Alcoholic Champagne Mocktail Punch
- 6 cups sparking water or more to taste and preference
- 4 cups white grape juice
- 2 cups pineapple juice
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 3 – 4 Tbsp raw agave nectar (or other sweetener) depending on taste and preference
- 2 - 3 tsp minced fresh ginger depending on taste and preference
- Place the juice, agave and ginger in your blender (I use a Vitamix) on a low speed for a couple of seconds to combine.
- You could just stir it all together.
- Gently stir in the the sparkling water and then tweak to taste. You might want more sweetener or ginger.
- Serve in a large punch bowl or into individual champagne flutes.
- Serve about 8.
Piggy Cooking Tips
the best way to grate fresh ginger
Nothing beats a porcelain ginger grater! Just rub the whole ginger piece unpeeled over the grater and you have it ready in literally seconds, Procelain ginger graters are as cheap and chips and so easy to clean. Just place the whole grater under running water and everything runs off. That little piece of kitchen gadget mastery would be in my top ten favourite cooking tools. I have had mine for years and travel everywhere with it. Thankyou Tony!