Keto Sangria

The health benefits of red wines have been known to man for thousands of years. Recently modern science has backed what populations all over the globe have already known – wine is good!  Not only can wines help to slow aging, prevent disease, and stave off dementia; but red wine also tastes great and is keto friendly (around 4.2g carbs per glass) in moderation.  

 

Throughout history, variations of red wines have been consumed because they were safer to drink than water and used as medicines to ‘cure’ all sorts of ailments.   The resveratrol found in red wine has powerful antioxidant powers which aids in fighting off some cancers, slowing aging, lowering inflammation and generally helping you in your goals to live forever.*

*Living forever is highly unlikely but if you shoot for the moon, you’ll land in the stars right? So, I’ve made that a goal of mine, feel free to join me in the quest for life eternal.

But we’re on the ketogenic diet… should we be drinking?  The answer there is a resounding Yes.  Yes – if you enjoy it, that is.  If you’re not a drinker, there are many other ways to approach the quest to live forever, like Keto Coffee.  If you are a drinker, drink upin moderation.  Red Wine has approximately 4.2g of carbs per glass.  This means for both the sake of ketosis, and overall health, you will want to keep your intake of red wine at a maximum of 2 glasses a night.  I would also recommend under 6 glasses a week (and definitely 10 or less).  

**Keep in mind, when you drink alcohol your body will prioritize the alcohol. This slows down its fat burning and other processes.  So, if you’re currently prioritizing weight loss over seeing the year 2200, then you may want to keep your alcohol consumption lower.  

Today, I’m going to share with you a keto version of the popular wine drink – Sangria.  

Sangria’s roots go back to Spain and was first tasted in the United States at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.  A blend of wine, brandy, and fruit gives Sangria a little more kick and a more complex flavor than regular wine.  This concoction is served cold in comparison to the typical red wine which is served at room temperature.    As you will come to see in this recipe, I prefer my Sangria with a little more punch, but feel free to turn down the intensity with a little less brandy.    To keep this Sangria keto friendly we’ll still to keto friendly fruits.  Here we use Raspberries and Blackberries.  You can also add in strawberries and blueberries or any combination of these you would like.  

 

Let’s get into the reason you are here, how to make this beaut… I was going to say nectar of the gods, but that has been reserved for the Bacon Whiskey HERE

Tools

  • A Large Jar (I made a smaller batch for this recipe in a 32 oz Mason Jar, but this recipe really calls for a larger portion like this Pitcher.)
  • Mortar and Pestle – You can very easily muddle a few of the berries in the jar with a spoon, but if you don’t have this unique tool – I highly recommend picking one up.  This also comes in handy making KBKeto Jalapeno Margaritas.
  • Measuring Glass – I like this one.  Just large enough to measure a lot of things but small enough for the times you don’t really need a full measuring cup.

 

Ingredients 

  • 4 oz Brandy
  • Red Wine to taste – Try these wines from Dry Farms Wines that are a little more Keto Friendly.  
  • About 10 Berries of each Variety – in this recipe example we use Blackberries and Raspberries but Strawberries and Blueberries and you’re own blending of them are all good. 
    • Half of those Berries will remain whole and go into the jar directly
    • Half of those Berries will be muddled and mixed with the brandy before going into the Jar.

 

Directions

  • Add half of your berries to your container. 
  • Add half of your berries to your mortar and muddle.  
  • Add brandy to your muddled berries and let that marinate separately for 15 minutes.
    • This is not absolutely necessary, but I find that it imparts a little more of the flavor than just mixing everything.
  • Add your Brandy/Berry mix to the the jar with the whole berries.  Top off the jar with wine and store in refrigerator (preferably overnight, but at least 2 hours).  
  • Serve Over Ice and Enjoy
  • **In this recipe we used a 32oz jar and with the berries and 4oz of Brandy, this is a stronger version of Sangria.    If you are using a similar sized container and prefer your Sangria a little less potent, then use less Brandy – 2oz should be a good amount to still impart it’s flavor without overpowering. 
    • If you are making a larger batch adjust the numbers accordingly.  

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