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CARE Beverage Idea: Faux White Wine

You know how alcohol is an acquired taste? There is usually something a little bitter (like tannins) or pungent in these beverages that we come to anticipate. When finding alcohol alternatives, I like to experiment with combinations of flavors that I might not exactly love at first sight – but I acquire a taste for it. This makes it more satisfying to me than just replacing my wine with a glass of juice. I still want that distinct taste that makes me sip it, slow down, and relax. Here is one combination that I enjoy. And in the spirit of CARE, the herbs are also therapeutic to the digestive system. This beverage supports your native strains of bacteria rather than stress them (as alcohol does).

  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6


For Brewed Tea Concentrate

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup licorice tea, loose leaf (or 4 tea bags): NOTE: those with high blood pressure, substitute licorice for flavor of your choice (could use decaf green tea, Holy Basil, or rose flavors)
  • 1/4 cup loose leaf chamomile tea (or 4 tea bags)
  • 1 bunch fresh mint

At Time of Serving

  • 4 cups sparkling mineral water (flavor of choice, 1/31/2 cup per serving)


  • Boil water.
  • Place tea and mint in a French press or even just a medium glass cooking bowl. Carefully add boiling water and allow to brew for at least 30 minutes up to 2 hours (you really can’t brew it too long).

  • Strain and then chill.
  • To enjoy: Add equal parts chilled tea with mineral water of choice (I like mint flavored) to favorite wine glass.


  • Calories: 1
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 0mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: faux white wine that's better than juice


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