One of my favorite warm-weather activities is finding a hoppin’ patio and sipping on a happy hour beverage. As you may or may not be able to imagine, being 33 weeks pregnant makes this, well, impossible. I haven’t been craving alcohol, but more so missing the little things like not being able to get a craft beer with my hot wings or a glass of wine with Mr. A on a Friday night. Bordering #FirstWorldProblems, but hey, if someone told me they have a solution, I’d jump on that.
Rewind to our Gender Reveal Party. Along with a gift or two, we got a few bottles of wine that I stashed away until I could enjoy them and one of them was a bottle I’d never heard of before- something called FREwine. A few days ago as I was on a nesting cleaning spree, I noticed the words, “Alcohol Removed” on the bottle.
“Could it be?” I thought, “The O’Doules of wine?” YES. That my friends is exactly what it is.
I first called the kind soul whom gifted the bottle as the gesture deserved much, much more than the mailed thank you she received. And then as it was a particularly humid afternoon, whipped up a batch of non alcoholic sangria to enjoy outside on my patio, with my book, and a plate of pea pods, cheese, and crackers.
See below for my recipe!
What You’ll Need:
1 Bottle Fre Merlot (will still be in the wine aisle at your local liquor store)
1/2 c. Orange Juice
1/4 c. Lemon Juice
1 Medium Apple
3-4 c. Soda Water
What To Do:
1. Thinly slice the orange, lemon, lime, and apple and leave the peels. Add to large pitcher.
2. Pour over fruit: Fre Merlot, orange juice, and lemon juice
3. Let sit for 2 hours
4. Add soda water to pitcher if serving large group or add desired amount to glass for a single serving