If you think sangria is strictly a summer drink, think again. This refreshing beverage is a winner any time of year, even in the winter. Simply switch up a few ingredients, and you’ve got yourself a delicious and festive cocktail you’ll enjoy even when it’s cold outside.
Need some inspiration? Here are five winter sangrias to try this season.
1. White Winter Sangria
This appropriately named boozy beverage starts with white wine and hard cider, then gets a kick from plenty of festive and seasonal fruits such as apples, clementines and cranberries, making it a perfect option for both fall and winter.
If you’ve had enough apples this fall, switch up your fruits and go for wintry pear instead. This sangria is made with white wine, brandy, pear juice and spicy cinnamon sticks, making it the perfect wine drink on a cold day.
You could even take it to the next level and add marshmallows to the mix:
As previously noted, this drink is rich. This makes it the perfect beverage to split with friends and sip slowly. Cool fall weather has never sounded more appealing! You can get the full recipe from Yeah Immaeatthat, so you too can make a smooth, chocolatey wine all on your own.
Can’t get enough hot chocolate? Try this Red Velvet recipe – yum!
There are those rare occasions when you just can’t bring yourself to finish a bottle of wine, and after you learn this trick, you may find yourself leaving a little extra at the bottom of the bottle a little more often. You can freeze leftover wine to create little wine ice cubes, and this genius hack will come in handy more often than you think.
Make Cooking With Wine Easier
Have you ever left wine out of a recipe because you didn’t have any on hand or didn’t want to open an entire bottle just to use a little bit of it? I know I’m definitely guilty of this. Well, with these little wine ice cubes, you’ll never have to do that again.
Whether you’re looking to make a tasty drink, just want a mini-popsicle or you’re cooking an entrée that calls for wine, you’ve got just enough wine to do the trick without pulling out that wine opener.
As PureWow pointed out, creating these ice cubes is as simple as pouring leftover wine into an ice cube tray, covering with saran wrap and placing in the freezer.
Simple, huh? This is sure to better your life in ways you never knew you needed. To see what I mean, check out five ways you can start using wine ice cubes, well, as fast as you can freeze them.
1. Wine Slushy
Frozen wine ice cubes will help you create just the right consistency for a wine slushy. What a great way to cool down once it’s finally warmer out, don’t you think? Get the recipe.
2. Pork Loin With Wine And Herb Sauce
A dry white wine combines with heavy cream, chicken stock and herbs to create a flavorful sauce to drench a pork loin in. This is an even better use for wine than drinking it, if you ask me. Get the recipe.
3. Skillet Chicken With Bacon and White Wine Sauce
Ok, this has two of my favorite things in one dish. Bacon and wine. It seriously doesn’t get better than this dreamy concoction. Get the recipe.
4. Hanger Steak With Red Wine Sauce
Red meat drenched in a red wine sauce sounds like the perfect thing to soak your taste buds in tonight, doesn’t it? Get the recipe.
5. Cheesecake Bars With Wine Gelee
Nothing pairs as well as cheesecake and wine, so why not combine them into one dessert using your leftover wine? Sounds like a great idea to me! Get the recipe.
And now you’ve got the makings for an entire meal — the drink, the main dish and dessert. So, get those ice cube trays full of wine in the freezer, stat!
One of the most important aspects of cleaning up your diet is cutting out sugar. As delicious as it is, sugar is one of the worst foods for your health. It can increase our risk for a number of diseases and can even affect your mental health.
When working to decrease sugar intake, many people start by ditching donuts, cookies, candy and other sweets. But what you may not realize is that the drinks you’re consuming may actually be even worse for you.
For reference, a typical candy bar — such as a standard-size Hershey’s chocolate bar — contains 24 grams of sugar, but it’s not uncommon for a sweet drink to contain much more sugar than that. The following seven drinks contain more sugar than this entire candy bar.
Gatorade is often a go-to drink after a workout, but we’re not filling our bodies with the best nutrients when we load up on this sports drink post-exercise. Although amounts vary depending on flavor, a typical 20-ounce bottle of Gatorade contains 34 grams of sugar.
2. Red Bull
Many of us turn to Red Bull for energy, but we may want to think again. In addition to its high caffeine content, Red Bull is also loaded with sugar, coming in at 27 grams of sugar per 8.4 fluid ounces. Red Bull may make us feel alert for a bit, but we can expect to feel that sugar crash later.
3. Vitamin Water
Just because it says “vitamin” in the name doesn’t make it healthy. Just after water, cane sugar is the second ingredient in Vitamin Water. A typical 20-ounce bottle contains 31 grams of sugar. We’re better off getting our vitamins from natural sources, like fruits and vegetables.
4. Naked Juice
If it’s juice, it can’t be bad, right? Think again. Because it’s concentrated with so many fruits, Naked Juice contains an unnecessarily high amount of sugar. Even a 15.2-ounce bottle of their “Green Machine” juice contains 53 grams of sugar. Although it’s natural, we’d be better off eating a whole fruit. Too much sugar is too much sugar, and eating a whole fruit also provides fiber, which helps us to feel full.
Coffee on its own isn’t a red flag. When it’s blended with a whole boatload of sugar, then we’ve got problems. Even just a tall Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks contains 46 grams of sugar. Upgrade to a grande, and we’re at 66 grams. Opt for a venti, and it’s a whopping 84 grams of sugar.
When we think of sugary drinks, soda is usually the first thing that comes to mind — and for good reason. A 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola, for example, contains 39 grams of sugar. Opt for a flavor like vanilla or cherry, and we’re up to 42 grams. Considering there are no other nutrients in the drink, we’re better off skipping soda entirely.
Lemonade is packed with sugar. Minute Maid lemonade, for example, is only made with three percent juice. It’s no surprise the rest of it is made up of sugar in the form of fructose. One 20-ounce bottle contains a shocking 67 grams of sugar.
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The internet is all abuzz about the new pink drink from Starbucks. From the images circulating online, the drink looks somewhat like a strawberry milkshake, which is so much yum in its own right. But when did Starbucks roll out milkshakes, you ask?
The pink drink is actually not even on the Starbucks menu. It’s a drink you need to specifically ask for, and it turns out it’s not a milkshake either!
So what is this secret new drink? It’s the Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher made with coconut milk instead of water. The coconut milk adds a shake-like creaminess to the standard fruity Refresher mixture. If you aren’t familiar with Starbucks Refreshers, they are iced beverages that Starbucks introduced several years ago containing fruit juices and Green Coffee Extract, which provides some light caffeination.
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Coconut milk, which comes from the white flesh of brown coconuts, is high in fiber, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous, so it’s a healthy and delicious alternative to plain old water. You could substitute low-fat for full-fat coconut milk to enjoy a similar dose of deliciousness with less fat.