In theory, sangria is a brilliant concept: Up the nutritional ante and stretch a cheap bottle of wine by mixing in fresh fruit.
But in the wrong hands, a healthy pour of sangria becomes a glorified glass of fruit punch with double the calories. Take Carrabba's Blackberry Sangria, for example. It packs 262 calories and whopping 32 grams of sugar. That's about what you'd find in two packs of Pretzel M&Ms.
Thankfully, it’s an easy fix, as long as you’re playing mixologist. Our slimmed down recipe below makes a light and refreshing treat for sangria lovers looking to lose weight.
Nutrition: 156 calories, 17 g carbs, 1.5 g fiber, 13 g sugar
Red Sangria 1 bottle dry red wine (Don't spend more than $10 on the wine: a light, fruit forward red like a zinfandel will work perfectly.)
½ cup orange juice
1 medium orange, sliced
2 apples, peeled and chopped
3 Tbsp superfine sugar
1 cup club soda
Splash of brandy
HOW TO MAKE IT
Combine all of the ingredients except for the club soda in a pitcher and mix to combine.
Place in the refrigerator and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to marry.
When ready to serve, add the club soda. Serve over ice, if you like, with extra orange slices.
MIX IT UP
Bored with the traditional red elixir? Try these two tasty sangria tweaks:
White: Trade the red wine for a bottle of pinot grigio and the apples for a mixture of stone fruit: peaches, plums, and nectarines. (129 calories, 12 g carbs, 0.6 g fiber 11 g sugar)
Sparkling: Swap the red for a bottle of Spanish cava or Italian prosecco. Add peaches and cherries. (155-160 calories, 15-17 g carbs, 0.8 g fiber, 10-16 g sugar)