I know I got the country celebration wrong when I made sangria. Sangria is a Spanish drink where as Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s heritage, etc. But, we didn’t really “celebrate” during Cinco de Mayo this year, so I went with making a light refreshing and somewhat healthy beverage instead.
- 1 bottle white wine (used a pinot grigio)
- 2 oz. brandy (2 splashes)
- 1 lime, sliced
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 orange, sliced (or 3 clementines)
- 4-5 strawberries, sliced
- handful of grapes, sliced in half
- 3 packets stevia
- pinch of salt
- sprig of basil (or mint) in each drink (optional)
- sparkling water (seltzer): one splash for each drink
Combine all ingredients, except for the seltzer water and herb (add some at the end). Stir gently to combine. Refrigerate at least one hour to let flavors combine, or overnight. Taste test before serving to check the sweetness. You can add another packet of stevia or more seltzer water to get it to taste how you like. Serve over ice.
The fruit will absorb some liquid, so it will look like it doesn’t make that much. This is also why I recommend increasing the recipe size.
Nutrition Tip: Most sangria recipes use a lot of added sugar or sugar syrup. But, if you start with a slightly sweeter wine, let the fruit sit, and use stevia instead, you can avoid all that added sugar (and calories!).