Despite the recipe in question today, it isn't to wine. I actually am not the biggest fan of the stuff. Every so often I can tolerate a glass of chardonnay if I'm feeling like it. And red wine? Forget it! Warm and ewww. Nope, not for me. No wine addiction here.
I do, however, have an addiction to Nando's Peri Peri. I wish they paid or gave me free food to say that, but the truth is, I'm hooked. Sean too. It is delicious! One day, I went up to the counter to place my order and saw a pitcher of sangria on the counter behind the cashier.
I don't think anyone was more surprised than me when I said out loud, "That looks so good!" I'd tried sangria before and it wasn't for me. But, I made a mental note to try their sangria on my next visit. I did and I loved it! Unfortunately, I also learned that their sangria recipe involves both sprite and orange soda.
Yikes! That's a lot of sugar for a crunchy girl like me. The wheels started turning in my head as I thought "sprite is just lemon lime soda and orange soda is just orange...I could clean this up at home and still like it!"
One weekend and one empty pitcher later, I knew I had a good thing going. It will also save me both money and calories at my beloved Nando's. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: refrigerate overnight
Ingredients (Serves 4-6)
- 1 bottle Merlot
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
- 3 oranges
- 1 apple
- 1/4-1/2 cup sugar
- club soda
Pour Merlot into a (coverable) pitcher.
Add sugar, juice of lemon, lime, and two of the oranges.
Slice apple and remaining orange and add to mixture.
Soak overnight in fridge.
Add club soda just before serving
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