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The trademark flavors of a refreshing Negroni come from the equal parts of gin, sweet vermouth, and slightly bitter Campari. To make this virgin version, nonalcoholic white and red wines are infused with citrus peel and toasted spices to mimic the gin and sweet vermouth. The Campari is swapped out for the key ingredient, Sanbittèr soda, which is a bright red, bitter Italian soda that makes this drink a satisfying stand-in to the boozy original.
What to buy: Nonalcoholic or dealcoholized wines are produced by removing the alcohol from fermented grape juice, but they do contain a minuscule percentage of alcohol. They can be found at well-stocked liquor stores or online.
Sanbittèr is an imported bitter Italian soda that is similar in flavor to Campari. It can be purchased at Italian grocers or online.
Game plan: This recipe makes 2 cups each of the nonalcoholic red and white wine infusions, which is enough to make 16 Virgin Negronis. The infusions can be refrigerated in covered containers for up to 1 month.
Also, this recipe calls for the use of juniper berries, which pregnant women should avoid.
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For the nonalcoholic white wine infusion:
For the drink: