With apple stars and fresh berries, this drink recipe is as patriotic as it is whimsical and delicious. It can also be made sans alcohol for a fruity, kid-friendly beverage.
1. In a large pitcher, combine the apple juice and white wine (or white cranberry juice for virgin). After washing berries, add them to pitcher. Cover and refrigerate for 1-4 hours so flavors will meld. (Note: The longer the pitcher sits, the redder it will become.)
2. Right before serving, peel apples and cut into thin slices. Using a star-shaped cookie cutter, cut out stars from the center of each apple slice. Add to pitcher.
3. Gradually stir in champagne (or sparkling cider) and ice. Serve immediately.