Raspberry Chardonnay Punch

good morning and welcome to the first health-conscious post by RGL. i thought it was only appropriate to start off my healthified blog with a cocktail recipe. so here’s the situation (been to every nation…anyone? no? mkay): the holidays have wreaked havoc on my life. specifically on my waistline. tragic- i know. so i’m going to focus on slimming down and getting healthy. (also random side note- that is a cat on my wine glass and below him it says catnipped. part of an awesome set my amazing sister gave me for Christmas last year).

which means the recipes on the blog are going to focus on that too. you’re welcome. more veggies – less bacon (womp. womp.). more exercise – less calories. its gonna be terrible, but we can do it. i believe in us. well, i believe in  you. me, i’m not so sure about. but dog-gone-it i’m going to try.

growing-up i had one of those annoying metabolisms – annoying to other people, because i could literally eat whatever i wanted and not gain a pound. it was a blessing and a curse in that now i have no will power when it comes to food and apparently 30-something me can’t eat cheeseburgers and pizza and cake without some of it catching up to her. it’s been rough y’all.

so now i’m using my mediocre cooking skills to make old favorites healthier and create new healthified dishes. don’t worry – it’s not going to get all green juice and no carbs up in here – i’m definitely not into that (obviously- i’m starting this new found “diet” with a cocktail). but i want to focus on making good for ya food taste…good to you.

so with that in mind let me share this chardonnay punch with you. first- chardonnay is delicious; definitely my go-to wine. and apparently i’m not alone (sometimes its OK to be unoriginal) because it is the most popular white wine in the world, according to the interwebs (which are always factual). it’s kinda a citrus-y wine which makes it go perfectly with the raspberry and grapefruit simple syrup we’re going to make.

second- making you’re own simple syrup is…simple. i highly recommend all y’all do it. especially because you can customize it however you want. it’s crazy easy. and finally, using this recipe you will cut out of a lot of calories. this punch makes 8- 6.5 oz – servings of chardonnay punch which is more alcohols than the average 4 oz serving of sangria and way fewer calories (90 vs the typical 150 from a serving of sangria).

Raspberry Chardonnay Punch
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 1 c. water
  2. 1 c. stevia (cup for cup sugar substitute)
  3. 1 1/2 c. raspberries
  4. 1 grapefruit, peeled and segmented
  5. 4 c. Skinny Girl Chardonnay (or some equivalent that has 133 calories/cup or 80 calories/4.8 oz)
  6. 1 c. seltzer water
Instructions
  1. Combine water and stevia in a saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil stirring occasionally. Meanwhile combine 1 c. of raspberries and grapefruit segments in a bowl. Once water has boiled remove from heat and set aside for 5 minutes to cool.
  2. Add water to fruit, pressing fruit with back of spoon to crush berries and grapefruit segments. Cover and set aside for an hour. Strain syrup through a mesh strainer. At this point you can save the syrup in the fridge for a week or use immediately.
  3. In a pitcher mix together syrup, chardonnay and seltzer. Top glasses off with remaining raspberries and serve immediately. One serving is 6.5 ounces.
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i suggest using the leftover calories to drink more punch, but that’s just me!

*I do not get anything from “endorsing” Skinny Girl Chardonnay, it’s just a yummy brand that I enjoy using!

 

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