Nectarine Sparkling Quencher

Make this refreshing mocktail with sparkling water. For a cocktail, use sparkling white wine. The purée takes time to prepare, but once made and chilled, it’s quick to make a drink for a hot summer day.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Foodland Ontario


Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Standing Time: 30 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Serves 4

2 large Ontario nectarines, pitted and chopped (about 2 cups/500 mL)
1/2 cup (125 mL) each granulated sugar and water
1 strip lemon peel (2- x 1-inch/5 x 2.5 cm)
1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh lemon juice
2 tsp (10 mL) grated fresh gingerroot
1/4 cup (50 mL) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed or orange liqueur
Chilled sparkling water or Ontario white sparkling wine
4 slices Ontario nectarine
Sprigs of fresh Ontario mint

In medium saucepan, combine nectarines, sugar and water. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer until fruit is very soft, about 10 minutes. Mash; add lemon peel, lemon juice and ginger. Cover and let stand for 30 minutes. Remove peel.

In blender, combine nectarine mixture and orange juice concentrate; blend until smooth. Press purée through fine sieve into measuring cup: cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

To serve, divide purée between four glasses. Top with sparkling water and stir to blend. Garnish with nectarine slice and mint.

Nutritional Information:
1 serving
PROTEIN: 1 gram
FAT: 0 grams
FIBRE: 1 gram
SODIUM: 0 mg