I try to keep my alcohol consumption low so many times when I go out I drink my Sparkly Low Calorie Non-Alcoholic Sangria. The usual go to for most people when they don’t want something alcoholic is either a glass of plain seltzer or a diet soda. This drink feels festive and special so you don’t feel deprived when your girlfriends are drinking Cosmos.
It’s very refreshing and delicious and has almost no calories. I always serve it when I’m entertaining as there are usually non-drinkers present and the taste is bold enough that you can always add some wine (white or red) or other alcohol if you choose.
- Big glass of seltzer (12 or 16 ounces)
- Orange, lemon and lime slices
- 3 maraschino cherries
- Splash (1 – 2 tablespoons) of cranberry juice
Ask the bartender to “muddle” (that means smash up) the fruit — if he looks at you like you’re crazy, just ask for the seltzer with the fruit and you can smash it yourself with the straw. I order the cranberry juice on the side so I can control how much goes into my glass. I’ve tried describing what I want as “pale blush” but that rarely works so I do it myself.
If you are making this at home try using a flavored seltzer. My favorite is orange but lemon-lime, cranberry or another flavor works just as well.