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Sunday, July 31st, 2011

White Sangria Sparkler

 

 

One of my favorite things at the end of a hot summer day is to kick back and sip on some fancy homemade cocktails on the dock.  It’s been hot here in Austin, really, really hot…as in 45 days and counting of 100+ degree days, hot.  Pass me an ice cold beverage please!!

 

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My version of Sangria is simple (of course) and without the added sugar it is the perfect “Skinny Girl” cocktail. Tastes good, makes you feel good, and it’s good for your physique, what’s not to like?! Oh, and have you noticed it’s absolutely GORGEOUS?!  This White Sangria Sparkler is an immediate show stopper when entertaining!

It’s also incredibly crisp and refreshing, an absolute must to help cool you down on those sticky summer nights.

A lot of people are under the misconception that you can not drink and still lose weight. While reducing your alcohol intake is advisable, an occasional cocktail is just fine!  I think it’s one of the things that can help keep you on the path for the long haul. Sometimes you just need a cocktail, you know?!

As long as you keep your cordials clean and light (steer clear of sugary, high calorie and chemical laden mixers), there’s nothing wrong with having a fabulous cocktail from time to time!

 

 

You’ll need:

  • 1-2 bottles of crisp white wine, I used 1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc and 1 bottle of sparkling Vino Verde
  • 2 ripe local peaches, sliced
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 2 kiwis
  • several sprigs of mint
  • Stevia, I used NuNaturals Alcohol Free Stevia

Simply add the sliced fruit and mint to the wine and add several squirts of NuNaturals Alcohol Free Stevia until desired sweetness is reached (REMEMBER: if you want to order your stevia through iherb.com, you can use my discount code WAG472 to get $5 off your first order). Let sit for at least an hour in the fridge to let the flavors infuse. In the summertime it’s also nice to freeze half of the fruit and add right before serving so they act as ice cubes in the Sangria.

Then find a lovely spot outside to relax, sip, and catch up with friends. I sat on my dock outside and watched the sunset over Austin. A pretty nice way to end the day if you ask me :)

 

 

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50 Responses to “Skinny Girl Inspired Cocktail”

  1. Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch free vegan July 31, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    Beautiful! I love these kinds of drinks in the summer

    • Linda August 1, 2011 at 10:50 am #

      Thanks Jennifer!! xo

    • Linda August 1, 2011 at 10:51 am #

      Me too, so good, refreshing, and fun! xo

  2. Katrina August 1, 2011 at 1:44 am #

    This sounds so yummy! Awesome drink idea!

    • Linda August 1, 2011 at 10:50 am #

      Thanks Katrina! Be sure to let me know what you think once you try it!

  3. janice August 1, 2011 at 4:08 am #

    This looks wonderful, cool and refreshing.

    • Linda August 1, 2011 at 10:49 am #

      You’ll love it Janice!

  4. Faith August 1, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    Looks so yummy Linda. Love the colors.

    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

    • Linda August 1, 2011 at 10:48 am #

      Thanks for all of your lovely comments Faith!! Hope you have a wonderful week as well!

  5. sheelbeel August 1, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    I’m planning a dinner party and this beverage will be just the drink I need to get things started. Thanks so much!

    • Linda August 3, 2011 at 11:08 am #

      You are so welcome!! xo

  6. Lindsay August 2, 2011 at 6:56 am #

    What a great recipe! So beautiful

    • Linda August 3, 2011 at 11:10 am #

      Thanks Lindsay!

  7. Kay August 4, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    So, I’m having a wedding shower Saturday afternoon, from 2 til 4, and can’t decide between the Sangria you have listed here or the Rasberry Margarita’s you posted a year or so ago. Thoughts, suggestions?

  8. Kayla Fruge November 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    do you have any good healthy smoothie recipes that dont involve banana. i really dislike its taste but want a good healthy and not very expensive smoothie to start drinking for breakfast.

    • Linda November 30, 2011 at 7:14 am #

      you can use any fruit you like Kayla, mangos and peaches make a great base too!

  9. selenar December 12, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    my girls and I love sangria! thanks so much!!….do you have any good recipes for more skinny cocktails…i have found a few with voli light vodkas but I want to build up my list :)

  10. Amy February 23, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    Hello!

    I am hosting a bridal shower this Saturday and am planning on making your sparkling sangria. The only problem is I do not have the liquid stevia. Do you have any suggestions on an item to sub that with? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks so much!

    Amy

    • Linda February 23, 2012 at 11:46 am #

      You can use honey or agave instead :)

  11. Julie @ Orcas Health Journey March 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Hi!
    Came over from iowagirleats.com – after seeing this beautiful Sangria recipe! :)
    Was scrolling down.. and bam! Austin,TX! :) It’s nicee meeting another Austinite! Although I’m living in Houston right now, planning to move back to Austin soon!
    Will be following up with your blog!

  12. Isabel April 22, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    I see this recipe calls for a sparkling wine. I don’t tolerate carbonated beverages very well…can this recipe be made in a non-carbonated version?

  13. Rachel June 4, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    I’m in Austin! I made this yesterday and it was the perfect drink for the heat! Thanks for the recipe :)

  14. Kathy June 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    How much does this recipe make?

  15. Andrea Pelegrin June 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    What would you suggest to use as an alternate to alcohol for a get together for mama’s that are pregnant? Sparkling white grape juice?
    Thanks! Andrea

  16. Drew July 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    I make sangria a lot, and don’t like adding sweetener into it if I don’t have to. I learned a neat trick from a friend – combine one dry bottle with one sweet bottle!! For Red, I use one bottle of the cheapest Merlot I can find, then one bottle of Oliver Winery Soft Red (it’s a midwest/Indiana wine). The Oliver wine is pretty sweet on its own, but works really well with the Merlot to sweeten the sangria without additional sugar!

  17. Rebecca September 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    This looks sooo good, I had to get up and pour myself a glass of tea before I could read your post! Looking at it made me so thirsty! :D

  18. Tas October 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    I have all the ingredients… Now I just need that dock! Thanks for a great recipe

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