Low-Sugar Citrus, Strawberry, and Rosemary Sangria

Low-Sugar Citrus, Strawberry, and Rosemary Sangria
The Spruce / S&C Design Studios
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Chill: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Yield: 1 1/2 quarts
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
175 Calories
0g Fat
18g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 175
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 54mg 270%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 270mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Sangria is a favorite summertime beverage to share among friends, but sangria recipes are often loaded with sugar. With a few quick changes, you can cut sugar and carbs and still enjoy a tasty party beverage. Flavored with grapefruit, lime, strawberries, and rosemary, this low-sugar sangria recipe has a bright, refreshing taste with a floral touch that's sure to please.

Sweet wine has more sugar, so choosing a dry wine is your first step. For this recipe, a rosé works beautifully because the pink wine's best pairings are grapefruit, lime, and strawberries. The driest rosés are French Provençal wines or those that use dry red wine grapes, such as grenache, cinsault, and shiraz. White wine is a good alternative.

Fruits also contain natural sugars, but citrus fruits and berries have less sugar than other fruits. Rather than squeeze the fruit juice into the sangria, the fruits are left in slices to slowly infuse the punch with flavor overnight. Also, there's no sugar in regular vodka and most sparkling water. While the sangria may not be totally sugar-free, it has less than traditional sangrias without sacrificing flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle dry rosé wine

  • 1 cup vodka

  • 1 cup sliced strawberries

  • 2 limes, sliced

  • 1 medium grapefruit, sliced

  • 1 4-inch sprig fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish

  • 1 1/2 cups sparkling water, chilled

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for a Low-Sugar Citrus, Strawberry, and Rosemary Sangria
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  2. In a pitcher, add the wine, vodka, lime and grapefruit slices, and rosemary sprig. Stir well to combine. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

    Mixing a Low-Sugar Citrus, Strawberry, and Rosemary Sangria
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  3. Just before serving, add chilled sparkling water.

    Low-Sugar Citrus, Strawberry, and Rosemary Sangria
    The Spruce / S&C Design Studios
  4. Pour into glasses (over ice, if desired) to serve, ensuring each glass gets lime and strawberry slices. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and enjoy.

    Low-Sugar Citrus, Strawberry, and Rosemary Sangria
    The Spruce / S&C Design Studios

Tips

  • Sangrias are best left to chill to marry the flavors. You can make this 24 hours in advance, and overnight is ample time. If you're in a pinch, give it at least two hours, and serve it over ice.
  • Carbonate your own water or read the labels on sparkling water to ensure it doesn't contain sugar (especially flavored water). Club soda and seltzer should also be sugar-free and good substitutes in this recipe.

Recipe Variations

  • Switch to a dry white wine if you like. Chardonnay, pinot grigio, and viognier are among the driest.
  • Add sweetness without sugar with a sugar-free syrup; stir in 1/4 cup and more if needed. When you switch from sugar to an allulose monk fruit sweetener, you can make a quick simple syrup at home.
  • Skip the grapefruit or switch to oranges or lemons. Other berries, particularly raspberries, are a good substitution for strawberries.
  • Add extra flavor with the vodka. It's best to infuse your own because many commercial flavored vodkas include sugar.
  • Light rum is a good alternative to vodka, and brandy is a little darker but could work, too.

Which Wine Has the Least Sugar and Carbs?

Dry wines have less sugar than sweet wines because they have fewer residual sugars. You can cut the sugar in any sangria recipe with this single ingredient. Typically, you can get away with cheaper wines in sangria because of all the extra flavors, but those also tend to have more sugar. Spend a little more and use the recipe's recommendations for rosé and white wines. For a red wine sangria, select a bottle of cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, or syrah (or shiraz).

How Strong Is the Low-Sugar Sangria?

Even with the vodka, this sangria recipe is equivalent to the average wine. After chilling, its alcohol content will fall around 12 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) when served without ice.