Sangria Sparkler

So today is my Birthday and I need to treat myself to a yummy birthday cocktail!  However, I am still in healthy/diet mode and would prefer a lower calorie drink.  Drinks such as margaritas, pina coladas, and mudslides can run 500-800 calories.  Yikes! 

Here are a couple calorie stats on popular drinks.. I know, I know- I’d rather not know too!!

LONG ISLAND ICED TEA (700 calories, 40 g sugars)

MARGARITA (500 calories, 32 g sugars)

PINA COLADA (625 calories, 75 g sugars)


Sangria Sparkler  Recipe

Prep: 10 minutes
Chill: 2 hours
Makes: 12 servings

750-milliliter bottle dry red wine
1 cup light orange juice
1/4 cup brandy or cognac
1/4 cup orange liqueur
2 tablespoons sugar
2 medium oranges, sliced
2 cups club soda, chilled
Crushed ice and/or orange peel curls (optional)

1. In a large pitcher, combine wine, orange juice, brandy, orange liqueur, sugar, and orange slices. Chill at least 2 hours. Add club soda before serving. Serve over crushed ice and/or with orange peel curls, if desired.

Nutrition Information per serving: 100 calories, 0g protein, 9g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 0g fiber

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