If holiday parties are all about indulgent hors d’oeuvres, summer bashes are all about decadent drinks. Whether it’s a margarita, mojito or piña colada, most warm weather cocktails can be as calorie-packed as those dangerously addictive pigs in a blanket.
How do you stay on your bathing suit’s good side for the rest of the summer? Same as the holiday season, just practice smart choices and moderation. Instead of depriving yourself a drink at a BBQ while everyone else is having a great time, pour yourself something that’s as refreshing as it is light. Easy way to tell? If the main ingredient is a store-bought mix, it’s not the right drink.
Below’s recipe is a light twist on sangria, perfect for nighttime summer parties—and days on the beach. Instead of heavy red wine, rosé is used, and instead of sugar, honey (raw, if you can find it!). Raspberries and strawberries add natural sweetness, as lemon slices contribute brightness in flavor and color. To top it off, sparkling water lends a bit of bubbly, and no extra calories and sugar like soda normally would. So drink up! Red Berry and Rosé Sangria is delicious and 100 percent guilt-free.
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