My low carb red sangria recipe is the same beautiful color as regular sangria but only 3 carbs for a full 8 ounces. It’s sparkling and refreshing, just right for end of summer parties and long evenings on the porch swing. The recipe is for just one serving but you can easily multiply it to make a pitcher.
For this recipe you’ll need: red wine, citron vodka, berry 0 carb water enhancer, club soda, ice, slice of lime for garnish
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I kind of love sangria in the summer time. Maybe it reminds me of the hot summer days and pitchers of icy KoolAid of my childhood. It’s sort of the same when you think about it…
I don’t know about you but I wish summer was as magical for me now as it was when I was a kid. Remember waking up on the first day of vacation with the whole summer stretching out in front of you? Feeling like the days were unending? I had more than enough time to do everything on my list, from riding bikes with my friend to wading into the ankle deep icy water of the creek and catching crawdads. As long as I was in the door before the streetlights came on I was free to do as I pleased.
Now it seems like morning just turns into evening with no day in between!
My kids’ summer is coming to an end. They’ve had a busy summer this year with youth camp, visiting their father out of state, and two of them going on missions trips (one to San Antonio and one to Kenya, Africa). We didn’t get a family vacation this year because of the craziness of it all and I missed that a lot. My three youngest are the only ones left in school now, a senior, a freshman, and a 7th grader. I will miss them when they go back, too. The house is too quiet.
All of that to say that sangria and summer are a team as far as I’m concerned. Sadly, sangria is full of carbs. First of all, wine has carbs. Not a lot but it does have 3.8 carbs for every 5 ounces you drink. I don’t know about you but I can put down a lot of wine talking with friends on a Saturday afternoon. Next, there’s usually fruit juice involved, and often sugar as well. All of that adds up to roughly 18 to 20 carbs for an 8 ounce glass of sangria. You pretty much might as well dump vodka in cherry KoolAid. Seriously.
So, this summer I have been mostly staying very low carb. I probably need to actually kick up the carbs a little because they may be too low with my weight program. 5 days of weights and 4 days of cardio… well… maybe I can afford more than 15 or 20 grams. Anyway, staying low carb meant drinking cocktails once in awhile instead of sangria more often. Let’s face it, you might be able to get away with a glass of sangria several times a week but when it’s a gin and tonic?
More than a couple and people start looking at you with suspicion. Even the dogs.
So, I decided to try my old cocktail standby, water enhancers, and some flavored vodka to mimic the super fruity flavor of my favorite sangria. I added club soda to give it some sparkle AND to make it go farther. If you are using a very dry red wine ( I used a Spanish Roija) you might want to use sugar-free Sprite or ginger ale.
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- 4 ounces red wine
- 1 ounce Absolut Citron vodka
- 1/4 teaspoon berry flavor 0 carb water enhancer
- 4 ounces of club soda
Add the red wine, vodka, and water enhancer to a glass.
Stir to blend.
Fill glass with ice.
Add club soda.
Garnish with a lime slice if desired.