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Easy {Light} Red Sangria

I could really go for some cold sangria to help me get through this sweltering summer. Unfortunately, I won’t be having any for another three and a half months. So for all of you non-preggo folks out there, here’s a great recipe for a light version of red sangria that doesn’t require a special trip to the liquor store. Be sure to drink a glass for me!

I made this sangria while we were at the beach, and it was a huge hit! I took bits and pieces from several different recipes to come up with my own easier, lower calorie recipe. This recipe doesn’t call for any additional liquor (so you don’t have to buy an entire bottle of Triple Sec just for 1/4 cup), and it’s lower in sugar than your average sangria. I doubled the recipe since we had so many people, and it was still gone in a flash!

Light Sangria

1 bottle red wine (I used Cabernet Sauvignon)
1/2 cup light orange juice, such as Trop50
8 packets of Splenda (or 1/3 cup if using Splenda Granulated)
1/2 lime, sliced
1/2 orange, sliced
1/2 lemon, sliced
1 small red apple, diced
2 cups diet ginger ale

Combine wine, orange juice, and sugar and stir. Add the fruit and refrigerate 1-2 hours. Just before serving, add the ginger ale and stir well.

Virginia is for *Wine* Lovers!

My day perked up considerably this afternoon when the UPS guy dropped off an unexpected package. It perked up even more when I opened the box to discover a bottle of wine. What’s this, mysterious bottles of wine are suddenly appearing on my doorstep? (Not that I’m complaining, mind you.) Then I read the card sent with the bottle. Family friends of ours gave us a 6-month membership to the Virginia Wine of the Month Club for Christmas! I love this idea— not just because it involves the delivery of wine but because it supports our Virginia wineries (something near and dear to my heart since my stepmom is Creative Director for the Williamsburg Winery). Each month, we’ll be receiving a bottle of the finest red the Old Dominion has to offer.

If you’re interested in giving a membership as a gift, you can choose the number of bottles per month (1 to 4), type of wine (red, white, sweet, or a variety), and the length of the membership in monthly increments (from 3 to 12 months). Prices start at $47.85 for a 3-month membership, one bottle a month.

Time to go spread some Christmas “Cheers!”

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