Family-Friendly Party Punch

When my husband came home after living in California for 2 months with a new job, we were all a little glum. Rather than coming home to load our packed boxes into the back of a moving van, he was coming home to stay. The job fell through, and it broke our Calfornia-or-Bust hearts. After a good cry with the kids, and a revamp on our life plans, I went to visit my favorite spiritual guru, Marlene Milner, who suggested we turn the occasion into a celebration. Rather than focus on the sadness of the situation, she said, go Pollyanna on it and offer up a toast to the beauty of the situation.

And so we did.

We nabbed a big, beautiful cake from a favorite bakery, had it inscribed with “Congrats, Dad!” and mixed up a batch of this beautiful Green Tea Sparkler to toss into martini glasses and incite the energy of a champagne celebration. Then, we each offered up a cheers to integrity, new beginnings, and the courage of adventuring into the unknown.

A big part of focusing on vegan eating was, for me, the health and wellness of my own body. It’s so easy to shove nasty foods into your belly and call it a celebration, but I hardly find high-fat foods, high-sugar, heavy-on-the-alcohol foods and beverages a  reason to rejoice.

Any recipe that tastes like a party while still sticking to a strict concept of healthful eating is a recipe I love. Like this White Grape Green Tea Sparkler. It’s made from 3 simple, natural ingredients. It takes just minutes to make. And it tastes like you’re sipping on stars.

No added sugar, no alcohol. Lots of sparkling, fresh flavor. Now that is something to celebrate.

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Green Tea Sparkler

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Put away the bubbly! This simple, beautiful drink is just as elegant as champagne, but is significantly nicer to your body. Alcohol-free, but with just enough oomph to make you feel like you've gone and drunk something special, you'll also get a dose of cancer-fighting reservatrol from this drink, and fewer calories that you would with a glass of champagne.

Ingredients:

4 packets green tea steeped for 1 minute in 1 cup of hot water
4 cups white grape juice, chilled
1 bottle Pellegrino, chilled

Directions:

Pour the white grape juice into a large pitcher. Add the Pellegrino right on top of the grape juice. To maintain the natural fizz of the drink, place the spout directly over the juice before pouring the Pellegrino. Serve immediately. Garnish with raspberries, if desired.

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7 Responses to “Family-Friendly Party Punch”

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    Heidi on April 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear about the upside down frown of your husband’s return but I love the attitude that you and your family took with the events. Cheers to a new beginning and a fabulous way to celebrate.

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    Colleen on April 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm Reply

    Oh, it’s soooo hard when things don’t go the way we expect them to! I hope this means that something fabulous is just around the corner for your hubby and family. Here’s to a “great adventure into the unknown”!!!!

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    Amy on April 21, 2012 at 12:18 am Reply

    This is what makes the McClays the McClays! While the rest of us are in fetal positions sucking our thumbs you are eating cake & toasting the future. I so dig that about you!

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    Adina on April 21, 2012 at 11:23 pm Reply

    You are SO brave and deserve all the happiness in the world! I am sorry to hear about the job fall-through; I know how tough that can be. But something good is coming, I’m sure of it (and this sparkler looks absolutely delicious!)

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    anna on April 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm Reply

    how lovely, and it probably gives you such a clean feeling to drink! and again, so sorry about your move. or i mean….congratulations? ;) i’m sure good will come of this at some point!

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    Daphne on July 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm Reply

    The directions don’t seem to address the green tea. First? Last? Should it cool first?
    Thanks! This sounds so lovely!

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    Ludie Philbeck on June 21, 2013 at 10:25 am Reply

    Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. For example, in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent.;^“

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