A non-alcoholic fizzy mocktail, quite famous in many Saudi eateries…
If you are thinking “Champagne? Haraam, haraam…” and that too during Ramadan, please stop right there! Hehe… the name of this drink can be super misleading. Plus the word “Saudi” added to it is like a big irony, isn’t it? I thought the same when I first came across this drink. I had a little stunned time before coming back to my senses and then reading the recipe. There is no back story as to why this drink is called so, but I suppose it is because it has the same color as champagne. Moreover, this is a completely Halal page, so you know I won’t post anything wrong, InShaAllah… 😀 It is said to be the most popular drink in Saudi, thanks to its super refreshing properties on a really hot day.
For this week’s Blogging Marathon #122 theme of “Kid’s Delight – Summer Coolers”, this is the second recipe after the Nannari Sarbath. The name may not seem kid friendly but my girls gave a thumbs up to it, after initially frowning at me making something out of apple juice. Apple juice is always last choice of juices from the shelf, at least for my folks. I was actually a bit worried about its acceptance, but then I found that add something carbonated to any juice and my girls take it hands down. Hehe… I am not a mother who encourages them to have anything carbonated, but once in a while, I do allow and that too in small portions. You can completely skip the 7-up/ Sprite bit and go for sparkling water. What I figure out is that there should be some carbonated element to go with the apple juice. Add to it some bites from chopped apple, orange and some mint leaves, this is a total winner. I have kept my bites to bare minimum since it may end up being trashed. But feel free to add more to your requirement and enjoy it. Yes, this will be a complete winner with the kids… 🙂
Saudi Champagne | Saudi Cool
- 750 ml apple juice chilled
- 330 ml club soda chilled
- 330 ml 7-up or Sprite chilled
- Juice of 2 lemons
- Mint leaves as required
- Chopped apple as required
- Chopped orange as required
- In a large pitcher, add the apples, orange, mint leaves and lime juice.
- Pour the remaining ingredients over it and give it a good mix.
- Serve cold immediately.