Years ago, I was invited to attend a wedding in Palm Beach. My first memory of that trip was a glass of Sangria I had at the pool side bar at the Four Seasons. It was a red Sangria loaded with tropical fruit, I was in love. It was so refreshing and fruity that I ordered another….and another….and then I don’t remember how many I actually drank that night but I know it was the start of a very, fun weekend!
So, I thought I liked Sangria….at least I know I liked THAT Sangria. I keep ordering it anywhere I go that serves it and I can’t seem to get into it the way that I did that weekend. I’ve tried reds and whites, both coming up flat and I always wonder…..maybe I DON’T like Sangria.
I’m a HUGE fan of Bethenny Frankel and her SkinnyGirl brand. I absolutely LOVE the SkinnyGirl Margarita, it was the first drink I had post baby and it was hard not to polish off the entire bottle by myself in one sitting. When she launched her SkinnyGirl Sangria I was equally excited to try it out.
SkinnyGirl Sangria is described as a refreshing and delicious, low in calories (just 132 per 5 oz serving!) cocktail and is made with natural flavors. And it uses white grapes, so it’s clear in color…meaning you get to worry less about spills and stains.
I bought a bottle last week and the first taste was the silly, sweet flavor that I disliked in all the other varieties I’ve tried over the years. I continued sipping and all I could taste was the white wine, not much of a fruity taste. I didn’t love the first glass. The second glass I could taste hints of a “sangria-ness” but still didn’t love it. But I didn’t hate it either. By the time I finished the bottle (No, this was not all in the same night) I thought I liked it but I’m still not sure. I’m going to have to get another bottle. I could see this being a refreshing drink on a hot summer day. But so is the margarita!
To make a long story short…..if I’m going to trek all the way to the store to pick up a bottle and there are bottles of SkinnyGirl Margarita right there next to it, I’m going with the Margarita.
But….maybe I DO like Sangria when it’s a hot, summer day. I guess we’ll find out in a few months.