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Like I mentioned in my blog entry from a few days ago, we’re pregnant with baby number two! That, of course, is fantastic news. But, like any pregnancy, it’s not without its sacrifices. One of those sacrifices is wine, which, if you didn’t figure out from the name of my blog, this momma LOVES.
Despite some who say a glass of wine “now and then” is okay, I was prepared to give up vino entirely over the next six months, one week and two days. That is, until I discovered Fre Alcohol-Removed Wines. Yep, it’s time to awaken the wine glasses from their hibernation! Or just let them sleep and drink this stuff straight from the bottle. That’s how Momma on the Rocks rolls.
Before I get to my recipe for a “Tropical Tease,” here’s a few things you should know about Fre wines: They’re a great alternative for expectant moms (like me) and folks who can’t drink alcohol. They’re also a really nice ingredient in mocktail recipes, like the taste of Hawaii I’m sharing in this entry.
The wine starts with full alcohol, which is then removed to leave less than one half of one percent of alcohol in the wine. The alcohol-removal process Fre uses is actually pretty neat. They use a revolutionary spinning cone column to remove the alcohol while preserving the delicate fragrances and flavors of the wine. The end result is a glass of Chardonnay, Merlot or Red Blend that smells and tastes like wine, but has 0.5% of the alcohol and HALF THE CALORIES. (Yes, I said half the calories.)
And, the biggest question everyone is probably asking: How does Fre alcohol-removed wine taste? That was my biggest question, too, and I’m here to tell you, this stuff is pretty darn good!
Like I said, I turned some Fre Chardonnay into an ode to our Hawaiian honeymoon called a “Tropical Tease.” To make it, all you need is some diced mango, mint leaves, sugar, lime juice, a lime and some Fre Chardonnay.
First step: Muddle one tablespoon of papaya, three mint leaves, one teaspoon of sugar and a quarter-ounce of lime juice in the bottom of a mixing glass or cocktail shaker. How do you muddle? Good question. Muddling is a process of pressing herbs, fruit and other ingredients to release their flavors for your cocktail. What you DON’T want to do is grind the herbs into a pulp. That releases some not-so-good tasting flavors into your drink, and no one wants that.
For a proper muddle, place your ingredients in the bottom of a mixing glass, and press lightly with a muddler and give a few gentle twists. Don’t have a muddler? No problem. Any blunt kitchen tool will do. As you can see in the picture below, I used the handle of a an ice cream scoop!
After your ingredients have been muddled, fill the glass with ice and add three ounces of FRE Chardonnay. Then shake vigorously and strain into a chilled champagne flute with a lime wheel on the rim of the glass. That’s it! Cheers!
Check out the Fre website for more recipes and mocktail inspiration. You can also use this coupon at OneStopWineShop.com where customers can enter the promo code “FRE” at checkout for 30% off. (NOTE: Cannot ship from the website to Alabama, Kansas or Tennessee.) Feel free to also follow Fre on Facebook for news, updates, and more recipes.