I have been looking for ways to reduce my wine consumption. A few weeks ago I read a raft of stories that talked about the rise in breast cancer risk with each alcoholic drink one consumes--drink more than 5-7 drinks a week, and your risk goes up to 40%.
While those stories leave me with many questions about what constitutes that risk and how the researchers could be sure it was alcohol and not some other factor, I decided it was time to think about cutting back. Even though I should also be cutting calories, I decided to experiment with sangria, even though a glass of sangria wouldn't save me many calories.
Last week, I experimented, and it was delicious! I begin each glass with equal parts sugar syrup, white wine, and club soda. Then I continue to fill the glass with club soda once the glass is half full. I've also been experimenting with frozen fruit in addition to ice cubes--it makes a beautiful glass.
Here's the recipe for the sugar syrup. I mixed it with cheap Sauvignon Blanc from Trader Joe's. In the future, I plan to experiment with different fruit juices--stay tuned!
Ginger Lime Sangria
4 C. water
½ C. – 1 C. sugar
Ginger slices (peeled)—to taste—I used 8 slices; I've also used powdered ginger. It's not as fresh tasting, but it's good too.
Bring the above to a boil and let cool.
Add the juice of 4-8 limes (about ½ C.). Chill.
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