Make a Sangria Mocktail — With a Sneaky Option to Spike It

04/24/2014 at 05:39 PM ET

Sangria Mocktail
Courtesy Jennifer Stott

Hello, summer, our old friend. We’ve come to drink with you again.

This sangria mocktail from blog Jen’s Favorite Cookies uses peaches, plums, strawberries and clementines, but feel free to branch out into whatever fruits you like best (or are on sale at the grocery store), including blueberries, blackberries, kiwis, pineapples, mangoes or melons. Just put the fruit in a bowl, pour over enough alcohol to coat and let it sit for at least an hour.

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Or, keep your cup virgin and enjoy a hangover-free morning — which also sounds pretty sweet.

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Sangria Mocktail

Serves 6

1 plum
1 peach
2 clementines
6-8 strawberries
4 cups black cherry grape juice
2 cups ginger ale

1. Quarter plum and peach, and remove pits. Place fruit in a large pitcher.

2. Remove peel from clementines, halve and place in pitcher. Remove greens from berries, halve and place in pitcher.

3. Cover with grape juice. Stir well, and let sit in fridge at least 1 hour. Mix with ginger ale just before serving.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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