Friday, December 30, 2011

Low Calorie Sangria For The Party

When it comes to Party Drinks, you can pretty much count on two things - first, if you drink enough you will get drunk - second, every sip comes at a high cost in terms of calories.  Of course if you drink enough, you won't even care about the calories... until the next day.  And if you are one of those New Year's resolution kind of people, New Year's EVE is a blank check for doing whatever you want, since you have until the net day to implement your new strategies.

Ok, for all the rest of us, who take notice of calories on a full-time basis, the concept of a low calorie drink option for New Year's Eve has some appeal and Rocco DiSpirito comes through with his Guilt-Free Sangria.  Not only is it low calorie, its also alcohol free.

Here is his recipe:

Start to finish: 15 minutes active, plus chilling
Servings: 4

1 cup water
3 bags pomegranate tea (such as Yogi)
3 bags hibiscus and rosehip tea (such as Teekanne)
6 packets stevia sweetener powder
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 teaspoon aromatic bitters (such as Angostura)
1 1/2 cups fresh cut up fruit (such as citrus, grapes, apples, berries and melon)
5 sprigs fresh mint
2 cups seltzer water

In a small saucepan, bring the 1 cup of water to a simmer. Remove from the heat and add all 6 tea bags. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags, pressing them to extract as much liquid as possible. Stir in the stevia, agave and bitters. Add the fruit and 1 sprig of the mint. Cover and chill 4 to 24 hours.
Fill 4 tumblers with a third of the way with ice, then divide the chilled tea between the glasses. Add 1/2 cup of seltzer water and 1 mint sprig to each cup.

Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 43 calories; 0 g fat (0 percent calories from fat) (0 g saturated); 0 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrate; 0 g protein; 1 g fiber; 2 mg sodium.

For more information, read his tips on this special concoction.

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