Friday “Happy Hour” Just Got Figure Friendlier

Alright. You might as well know: I’m not exactly Miss Congeniality when it comes to large crowds or unfamiliar faces. On Friday nights, you won’t often find me in a noisy bar, shoulder-to-shoulder with the rest of civilization. Nope. My idea of kick-starting the weekend involves pajamas, Netflix, and a frosty drink. Nothing fancy. But I sure do value that “me” time after running around all week.

If you’re anything like moi and relish an evening in occasionally, why not throw a slumber party with some close friends and blend up this healthier twist on a classic sangria?! I made a pitcher tonight and was pleasantly surprised at how indulgent it tasted for a low-calorie cocktail. Thus, the beginning of a new weekend tradition was born.

So, without further ado…TGIF, ladies!

  • Ingredients:
  1. 1 cucumber
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 1/3 cup honey
  4. 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  5. 3 cups green tea
  6. 3 cups Pinot Grigio
  7. mint leaves (for garnish)

sangria before

  • Preparation:
  1. Chop the cucumber into bite-size pieces, setting aside 6 larger slices to use for garnish later.
  2. Combine all the ingredients, except the wine, into a blender and pulse into the mixture is smooth.
  3. Pour this mixture through a strainer until the cucumber residue has been removed from the liquid.
  4. Add the wine and stir thoroughly, then toss in the desired amount of mint leaves and cucumber slices.
  5. Serve chilled with a few ice cubes, or place in the refrigerator for 5 minutes before pouring into wine glasses.

sangria after 1      sangria after 2

(My sister was an instant fan, and her elevated taste buds aren’t always the easiest to please…just sayin’!)

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