By Emma Laperruque | July 27, 2012

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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Red Berry and Rosé Sangria Recipe

Servings: 6
Calories: 110 per serving
Prep Time: 10
Total Time: 10


  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 lemon , thinly sliced
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) rosé wine
  • 1 bottle seltzer


1. In a large pitcher, muddle raspberries and honey until well-mixed (but not mush).

2. Add strawberries and lemon slices, then pour in rosé. Stir to combine and refrigerate until ready to serve.

3. In each glass, add a few ice cubes, and pour in some sangria. Top with a splash of seltzer water. Garnish glass rim with a lemon slice or strawberry piece, if you so please, and enjoy!

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