Skinny Strawberry Lemon Sangria

This skinny strawberry lemon sangria, made with white wine and sparkling water, is a lightened up version of the traditional fruity cocktail — it’s perfect to sip by the pool on a hot summer day! 

Remember the strawberry sangria recipe I made last weekend? Well I’m sharing the recipe with you today so that you can run out to the store and grab your ingredients before the weekend arrives.

Strawberry Lemon Skinny Sangria in clear mason jar with yellow straw on wood table.

First let’s talk about sangria. It’s a delicious little beverage typically made with wine, some sort of liquor (triple sec, brandy, etc.) and fruit. It’s a lovely summer party drink! With all the fruit that’s involved you’d think that it’d be a healthy option but more often than not there’s additional fruit juice, soda, simple syrup and regular sugar added to the mix as well. Depending on what ingredients are put into the sangria, one glass can be about 300 calories and it’s usually pretty high in sugar as well.

Skinny Strawberry Lemon Sangria Ingredients on marble countertop.

Skinny Strawberry Lemon Sangria Ingredients on marble countertop.

I’m not a fan of sugary sweet mixed drinks so when my cousin and I set out to make a batch last weekend, we kept it light by skipping the added sugar and using sparkling water instead of soda. She had pample-mousse (does that make anyone else giggle when they say it?) flavored La Croix on hand so we used that. I’m sure the lemon or lime flavor would work well too. With these easy changes we ended up with a light and refreshing sangria that was still plenty sweet and tasty!

Pitcher of Skinny Strawberry Lemon Sangria pouring into a clear glass mason jar, marble countertop.

I recommend using Vinho Verde, Riesling or Chardonnay here but feel to use whatever type of white wine you have on hand. And I don’t recommend using your fanciest bottle of wine here — a cheap bottle will do. For all my Trader Joe’s fans — two three buck chuck works great in this recipe.

If you want to make one big mixture, you can add the sparkling water into the sangria mixture but I like opening the cans right before serving so that you don’t lose any of the carbonation and everyone can make their drink to taste. I know some folks like their drinks stronger than others. 😉

If you make this skinny strawberry lemon sangria, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

Skinny Strawberry Lemon Sangria

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This skinny strawberry lemon sangria, made with white wine and sparkling water, is a lightened up version of the traditional fruity cocktail -- it's perfect to sip by the pool on a hot summer day! 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 pink lady apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 750 ml bottle of Vinho Verde, Riesling, Chardonnay, or other white wine
  • 1/2 cup brandy or light rum liquor
  • 2-3 12- oz cans La Croix sparkling water, grapefruit, lime or lemon
  • ice


  • Place lemon slices, apple, and strawberries in a large pitcher. Pour in brandy or rum and wine.
  • Mix everything together, cover and refrigerate for about four hours or overnight. Also refrigerate the sparkling water.
  • For individual servings, pour about 4 oz of the sangria mixture into a glass with ice, spoon in a few piece of fruit and then add a splash of sparkling water, to taste.


Serving: 1/6 of recipe Calories: 157kcal Carbohydrates: 9g Protein: 1g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 5g
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American


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Overhead shot of Skinny Strawberry Lemon Sangria in a clear mason jar on wood table.

Hope you like it as much as we did! Happy one day until the weekend. 🙂

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    1. Dr. Adam Kipp
      June 12, 2014 AT 1:25 pm

      Wow!! I was just talking about how I wanted a great Sangria recipe to try out this weekend for Father’s Day brunch and I think I found it! It will definitely have to be a cheat treat from what I normally would drink because of the rum but it looks great and not too sweet!

    2. bemomstrong
      June 6, 2014 AT 6:53 am

      Vinho Verde!!! My all time fave wine. Will def make Justin bring this to the hospital for me August 21st!!!
      Hope you’re doing well! I got pegged to teach 3 additional classes each week so I haven’t had the energy to join you for a spin class. Maybe a non workout date soon though?!

    3. Kayla Tyburski
      June 5, 2014 AT 11:08 pm

      Oh yum yum. Sunday Funday planning is in the works now!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 5, 2014 AT 11:21 pm

        I like the way you think! 🙂

    4. Michelle Hunt (@PeachyPalate)
      June 5, 2014 AT 3:27 pm

      Sounds beautiful! Is the sparkling water you used sweetened? We only have sparkling water sweetened with the likes of aspartame here..I avoid them like the plague!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 5, 2014 AT 4:14 pm

        No, the sparkling water that I used is unsweetened. No calories, no sugar and no sodium. 🙂 It stinks that all your sparkling waters are sweetened with fake sugars. I’m with you on avoiding those completely. That’s why I don’t do diet soda, or any soda for that matter.

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