Mock Tea Sangria
Low Carb Recipe
For Mock Tea Sangria, stir together a tea mixture, raspberry puree, grape juice, and lemon and lime slices. Chill. Just before serving you'll add orange soft drink.
If you're not familiar, sangria is an alcoholic beverage of Spanish origin. A punch, the sangria traditionally consists of red wine and chopped fruit, often with other ingredients such as orange juice or brandy. Mock tea sangria has a flavor much like the original, but not the kick brandy gives the beverage.
1 package (10 ounce) frozen raspberries, thawed
3 cups water
1/3 cup Splenda
1 family size tea bag
2 cups red grape juice
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, sliced
1 bottle (16 ounce) orange soft drink, chilled
Process raspberries in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Pour puree through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a large container, discarding raspberry seeds. Set puree aside.
Bring three-cups water and sugar to a boil in a saucepan, stirring often. Remove from heat; add tea bag. Cover and steep five minutes. Remove tea bag with a slotted spoon, squeezing gently; cool tea mixture.
Stir together tea mixture, raspberry puree, grape juice, and lemon and lime slices. Chill.
Stir in orange soft drink, and serve immediately over ice.
Recipe makes 6 to 8 servings Mock Tea Sangria.
Feel free to substitute another fruit for the raspberries. Peaches, mangoes, other berries, and many other types of fruit make great sangrias. Choose what is in season and even create your own custom fruit blend. The citrus fruits should remain, however, as they are essential to the Sangria base. Take the time to use fresh fruits as this will significantly improve your drink.