Skinny Tangelo Tequila Sangria
It has a nice ring to it, right?
I know what you’re thinking though: “Tequila and Sangria, hold up.”
Don’t be closed-minded my Cinco de Drinko amigos, I wouldn’t lead you astray with a cocktail that was less than ay, caramba-worthy.
Though your typical sangria is made with wine and brandy, it’s OK to switch things up a bit with a different liquor. In that same vein, it’s also OK — and preferred in my book — to enjoy your sangria without massive amounts of sugar.
I mean, if you want sweets, go crack open a piñata.
So for this Cinco de Mayo, along with my Southwest Stuffed Bell Peppers, I decided to whip up a delicious, Mexican-inspired Skinny Tequila Sangria.
I took a cue from my boy Bobby Flay and adapted his Tequila Sangria recipe, so that mine wouldn’t pack a Diabetes-inducing amount of sugar.
The most important thing when making a fabulous no-sugar-added Sangria, is picking a great wine. Lucky for me, my friends over at Hope at Home had just shipped me a few to pick from.
Not only is One Hope’s Sauvignon Blanc the perfect balance of crisp, fruity flavor, but half of the proceeds from every bottle purchased go to American Forests, who then use that money to plant a tree here in the U.S.
It’s a win-win.
Justify your choice to drink on a Monday this Cinco de Mayo by the fact that you’re helping the planet!
Skinny Tequila Sangria
1 Bottle of Sauvignon Blanc
1/2 C. Silver Tequila
1 1/2 Cans of Lemon Lime Zevia
Stevia to taste (optional)
1. Slice your fruit.
2. Combine fruit and tequila in a bowl and mash it up a bit. This is where you would also add a few tablespoons of stevia if you like your sangria extra sweet. I thought it was fabulous without.
3. Carefully pour mixture into a pitcher. Add wine and soda.
4. Refrigerate for as long a possible (if you can wait).
Total Calories: about 130 per 6 oz glass (makes 6-7 servings)
Warning: Be careful, you can barely taste the alcohol in these. They’re very delicious and they go down easily!
And because I had a couple and am feeling extra generous, I’m doing another giveaway today. That’s right, two in one week.
Hope at Home is going to give one lucky reader a free Wine Tasting Party in the comfort of their own home.
They’ll provide six bottles of their best sellers, and you gather your friends. 15% of the proceeds from extra bottles purchased at the party will go to supporting a school or cause of your choice.
The winner will be chosen next Friday. Enter here:
And if you’re in the L.A. area and you don’t feel like playing hostess with the mostess this Cinco, there are tons of awesome restaurants around town offering specials/discounts.
May I suggest…
M Cafe’s “Cinco de Macro” celebration, Beverly Hills:
L.A.’s premier macrobiotic eatery is celebrating its fifth year in business by offering 5 of their signature dishes for only $5 at the Beverly Hills location on May 5th from 3–8 pm. This includes popular favorites like the Big Macro and The M Chopped. Yummy.
Tortilla Republic, West Hollywood:
The modern Mexican restaurant will transform the lot behind the West Hollywood Library into a scene set for revelry and celebration. From 2-10 p.m. on May 4th, they’ll have DJ’s, multiple outdoor bars, a dance floor, a live mariachi band, $6 margaritas, Mexican small plates, a 50/50 raffle, and a VIP suite with bottle service. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Alive Music Project and Project Angel Food. Tickets here.
Red O, West Hollywood-Orange County:
The upscale eatery will offer a selection of Mexican-inspired cocktails: “El Bueno, El Malo, y El Feo,” aka “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” They’ll also have $5 beers, now through Monday.
Loteria Grill, Hollywood-Santa Monica-Studio City-Downtown:
Loteria will be starting the festivities early with a special Cinco+ Cinco + Cinco menu today through Monday, highlighting Loteria’s five top margaritas, five favorite Mexican beers and five puebla tacos. Drinks are $6-$13 and tacos are $3.25 to $3.75.
The restaurant will be serving a special Cinco de Mayo menu called “Cocktailitas and Bites” for $35 featuring creative drinks like “The Rabbit Ear,” made with Mezcal El Silencio, pineapple, sarsaparilla, lemon and maple.
I hope everyone has a fun, safe Cinco de Mayo!