I was reading the Inquirer food section today and this no-alcohol Sangria recipe caught my eye. I thought it was particularly alluring because it included some really healthy and refreshing ingredients. One of them was Pomegranate tea bags. I recently had some hot Pomegranate tea and it was really, really flavorful so I could imagine that this recipe would not come with a dull result.
I am beginning a very regimented exercise and "eating" program on Jan 2nd so technically, I could get hammered on New Year's Eve :) but I am kind of making my official start date Jan 1st. It just seems too strange not to start preparing for the five weeks to follow on the traditional resolution date.
I cannot take credit for the recipe...it is one of Rocco DiSpirito's. Gotta love Rocco ;) (If I happened to bump into Rocco on New Year's Eve, I think I'd have go with something with alcohol in it!)
In the article, he recommends just using the fruit for flavoring the Sangria if you are looking to cut out additional carbs (it also reduces the per serving calorie count to 22 calories).
I'm going to go out tomorrow and get all of the ingredients...I'll let you know my review!
Makes 4 servings
1 cup water
3 bags pomegranate tea
3 bags hibiscus and rose-hip tea
6 packets stevia sweetener powder
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 teaspoon aromatic bitters (such as Angostura)
11/2 cups fresh cut-up fruit (such as citrus, grapes, apples, berries, melon)
5 sprigs fresh mint
2 cups seltzer water
1. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to a simmer. Remove from 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 mint. Cover and chill 4 to 24 hours.
2. When you're ready to serve, fill 4 tumblers a third of the way with ice, then divide the chilled tea and fruit among the glasses. Add 1/2 cup of seltzer water and 1 mint sprig to each glass.
Per serving : 43 calories; no fat; no cholesterol; 10 grams carbohydrate; no protein; 1 gram fiber; 2 milligrams sodium.