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Summer Bevs: Cranberry Sangria Recipe

Thirsty? Here's a mocktail to keep the doctor away.
Summer Bevs: Cranberry Sangria Recipe Thirsty? Here's a mocktail to keep the doctor away.

Vogue food critic Jeffrey Steingarten has heralded the return of the punch bowl—what better bev to fill it with than a cranberry sangria?—mock, of course. Now for the hip, young crowd, a mocktail might sound lame, but we say: why douse this red, plump juicy berry's benefits?

Cranberry juice:

Is packed with phytonutrients (the stuff super foods are made of)

Prevents Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) and kidney ailments

Defends against heart disease

Contains anti-cancer properties, Vitamin C and dietary fiber

Just recently, Nestea threw a secret pool party to launch its Cranberry Cosmopolitan Blend, a cool refreshment with, you guessed it, no alcohol (a.k.a. mocktail!) nor guilt (only 19 calories per serving, believe it or not).

Now if you're quite the purist, you could instead grab a bottle of Old Orchard at the nearest grocery. Drink it with ice or put your kitchen skills to the test and mix your own concoction, starting with this Totally Fruity Mock Sangria.

YOU'LL NEED:

2 cups cranberry juice
2 cups orange juice
1 liter lemon-lime soda
1 1/2 cups strawberries, hulled and halved
1 orange, sliced and quartered
ice cubes
more orange quarters for garnish

Click HERE for preparation instructions.

Images (and more recipes) via Oh So Delicioso

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