This weekend we are experiencing cloudless, sunny skies with temps in the upper 80’s to mid 90’s. As the wine guy and I prepared to cruise the lake on our pontoon boat, I had to decide what would be my drink of choice (besides an abundance of water!).
I had plenty of fruit hanging around that needed my attention. The lone pathetic banana in my fruit bowl was starting to draw fruit flies. The “ah-ha” moment came when I spotted a bottle of Pinot Grigio chilling in the fridge. I pulled out my blender and starting prepping for my new summer drink. A Pinot Grigio Smoothie.
If you rarely consume alcoholic beverages, this is an ideal drink for you. The fruit mixed with wine doesn’t lend itself to intoxication. Instead, you will find this wine cocktail both refreshing and tasty. Here’s the recipe for my Pinot Grigio Summer Smoothie:
- 1 bananna (overripe is best)
- 3/4 cup fresh raspberries
- 2 1/2 cups fresh strawberries (sliced)
- 1/2 medium apple, cored (leave skin on apple)
- 3/4 cup blackberries (I used frozen)
- 2 cups Pinot Grigio wine
- 1 container of 99% fat-free Yoplait yogurt (single serving size)
Throw everything into the blender. Mix until smooth.
TIP: Go for the least expensive Pinot Grigio you can find when making a smoothie. You aren’t pairing the wine with a food dish, you’re simply adding the wine for it’s melon to pear and subtle tropical or citrus fruit components.
OK, let’s talk calories. This recipe fills around six 8-ounce glasses at 158 calories per serving. If I pair this with a green salad (low-cal dressing), I have an entire lunch in the neighborhood of 200 calories.