I just returned from a glorious, sun-filled weekend with five great friends I’ve had since high school: Bonnie, Tonya, Lucy, Jeanine and Debra…
It was hot in Palm Springs. I’m from Arizona; I should know.
Anyway, there we were, a six-pack of wonderful girls looking to relax, catch up, eat good food, and not pass out from the heat.
What we really needed for starters was something cool to drink poolside.
Now I’ve shied away from sangria since becoming paleo. I didn’t want the added sugar, processed juices, or lemon-lime soda that goes into most sangrias. I’m fine with the fruit, and even the wine. Hey, being paleo means you’ve got to make compromises sometimes. :)
So the big question was, who had a good sangria recipe without all the extra sugar?
We all looked at Lucy. Lucy and her boyfriend Dave own Petrini’s, a Downtown San Diego restaurant with a gluten-free menu in Little Italy.
Lucy just smiled and said, “No soda pop, no processed juice, no sugar? – no problem!” I always knew she was brilliant! So we got busy making Lucy’s special sangria and sat by the pool. Actually we sat in the pool since its was 105 degrees.
Her Sangria was amazing…so cool and refreshing! Thank you Lucy!
While we sat there sipping, my mind started turning. I thought, this paleo-friendly sangria would make an awesome popsicle! So we made them. Presto! Paleo Sangria Popsicles! With the Fourth of July just around the corner, these ice-cold and delicious sangrias on a stick could be a big hit if you plan on entertaining. The frozen version is so good, but you’ll also love Lucy’s sangria in a pitcher too!
On a side note, if you’re ever in San Diego, please visit Petrini’s. Dave and Lucy are the coolest people around. They know Paleo, and like I said, offer a gluten-free menu! Some of their customers’ favorites are the frittatas, 10-inch gluten-free pizzas made your way, flat-iron steak with veggies, pork tenderloin, and pasta dishes with gluten-free penne pasta – just to name a few. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. (Website: Petrini’s San Diego Facebook: Petrini’s Italian)
I’m just a lucky girl to call Lucy my friend along with the rest of the six-pack. Until next year girls!
Cheers! Or as Bonnie would say, Clink!
P.S. A special thanks to Bonnie for snapping these great table shots of the sangria and wine glasses!