When we've got something to celebrate, we like to do it with some sparkle. We like wine on occasion, but with 4 young children, we like to include them in the celebration!
In the past, we have gotten sparkling grape juice on sale, and were even given a bottle of sparkling grape juice and a bottle of sparkling cider after the birth of little Moshe! I loved that extra thoughtfulness and fun on such a happy occasion. :)
Joshua decided to make a homemade version of sparkling grape juice and cider, and his version is excellent! I think it tastes just like the bottles of sparkling juice that are sold for at least $2-3 for 750ml (about 25 ounces), only ours is a lot cheaper.
And, a huge plus is that it can be made with 100% juice, for a truly all-natural beverage without extra sugar!
The players? Club Soda (carbonated water) and juice concentrate!
Price breakdown of the homemade sparkling juice:
Club soda: $0.75 for 2 liters (or less, if on sale; you will have some left over)
Frozen juice concentrate: ~$1.25 (depending on the kind and sales)
60 ounces of homemade sparkling juice: $2
60 ounces of commercial sparkling juice: $5-7
Savings: $3-5 for a few minutes of work! :)
You can use any juice concentrate you wish. I like the clear juices best, like grape or apple, rather than orange -- although we've served sparkling orange juice to guests and the children all devoured it! Of course, the quality of juice you use will make a difference, so don't use a can that's been freezer burned or isn't otherwise delicious! ;)
Check out the recipe for measurements and more info on making sparkling grape juice! Your family will love it if you make this for them!! :)