re•cipe: clean sangria

January 27, 2014

My name is Bekah and I have an addiction.

Despite the recipe in question today, it isn't to wine. I actually am not the biggest fan of the stuff. Every so often I can tolerate a glass of chardonnay if I'm feeling like it. And red wine? Forget it! Warm and ewww. Nope, not for me. No wine addiction here.

I do, however, have an addiction to Nando's Peri Peri. I wish they paid or gave me free food to say that, but the truth is, I'm hooked. Sean too. It is delicious! One day, I went up to the counter to place my order and saw a pitcher of sangria on the counter behind the cashier.

I don't think anyone was more surprised than me when I said out loud, "That looks so good!" I'd tried sangria before and it wasn't for me. But, I made a mental note to try their sangria on my next visit. I did and I loved it! Unfortunately, I also learned that their sangria recipe involves both sprite and orange soda.

Yikes! That's a lot of sugar for a crunchy girl like me. The wheels started turning in my head as I thought "sprite is just lemon lime soda and orange soda is just orange...I could clean this up at home and still like it!"

One weekend and one empty pitcher later, I knew I had a good thing going. It will also save me both money and calories at my beloved Nando's. Enjoy!

Clean Sangria

by re•solve
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: refrigerate overnight
Ingredients (Serves 4-6)
  • 1 bottle Merlot
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 3 oranges
  • 1 apple
  • 1/4-1/2 cup sugar
  • club soda
Pour Merlot into a (coverable) pitcher.
Add sugar, juice of lemon, lime, and two of the oranges.
Mix well.
Slice apple and remaining orange and add to mixture.
Soak overnight in fridge.
Add club soda just before serving
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  1. Mmmm!! I just bookmarked this! I'll have to try it! =)

  2. This sounds yum! When I'm done nursing I will have to try this!

  3. Yay, good job on transforming le drink

  4. Goodness, girl! This recipe is dangerous!!! Good thing I can't drink right now (you know, the whole trying to get pregnant thing) or I'd be drinking a pitcher tonight. ;-)

  5. Yum! I love sangria...I have been known to drink entire bottles/pitchers in one sitting... :-)

  6. Sounds delicious, thanks for sharing!


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