Who doesnât love a glass of sangria in the summertime?! Fruity, colorful, and with a touch of sweetness (if you use this recipe anyway), itâs the perfect summer drink. The classic version calls for sugar and is on the sweeter side, so I wanted to find a way to make my own that was only slightly sweet without the added sugar.
So what makes a sangria? Fruit! Lots of it. Citrus is a must for any sangria recipe. The sweet and sour profile builds a solid base of flavor without adding a ton of sugar. I also love to add savory herbs to complement the sweet kick of the fruit and wine. Simply add your favorite whole herbs right to the sangria to infuse it with its natural flavors.
The average sangria has a few different sources of added sugar. First, the fruit is usually soaked in a sugary coating before added to the wine. Next, premade fruit juices and liqueurs are usually added to the mix, which can quickly add up to more sugar.
These sangria creations skip the sugar coating and let the natural sweetness of the fruit shine through. Instead of those sugary premade fruit juices, I use freshly squeezed citrus and a little water. You could even use one of these easy infused water recipes for extra flavor.
If youâre looking to spike the punch, focus on spirits over sugary liqueurs. Try a low-carb alcohol like brandy or vodka. You want to keep the focus on the flavor of the wine, so spike lightly!
You donât need to look for the big price tag to select a quality wine. Instead, you want to find an organic, sulfite-free brand with the first flavor profile to help showcase your fresh ingredients.
When youâre using wine for sangria, look for a dry variety. The fruit will add lots of sweetness, so a dry wine will help balance out the flavor. A full-bodied, low-sugar dry wine is going to allows the fruitâs sweet flavors to shine.
I love Dry Farm Wines for my sangria. Their wines are organic, free of sulfites, and low in sugar (one reason I couldnât justify adding sugar for my sangria!)
You can still get in on the sangria fun without the alcohol! Itâs simple to stay true to the flavors without the wine. I like to swap the wine for a juice and water combination. Then I add about 1 tablespoon of vinegar to mimic the acidity of a wine. Here are my favorite substitutes:
This post has a whole list of summer mocktail ideas as well, so no one feels left out!
Now letâs get mixing!
Tip: You can make these sangrias a day in advance. Simply add ice and sparkling water (optional) just before serving.
A delicious, fruity, and lower sugar version of the popular Spanish beverage
Prep Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 5 people
Juice the lemon, lime, and orange into a large pitcher.
Transfer rinds to a cutting board and slice the lemon, lime, and orange. Transfer to the pitcher.
Chop the berries and transfer to the pitcher with the sage.
Add the red wine and water to the pitcher. If youâre using sparkling water, add it just before serving instead.
Stir and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Serve over ice.
Serving: 8fl oz | Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 496mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 5.9% | Vitamin C: 179.8% | Calcium: 10.3% | Iron: 5.8%
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Enough talk about sangriaâ¦ time to invite some friends over!
Do you make your own sangria? Whatâs your favorite recipe?