Learning to watch what we are eating has made me look at everything with a different eye. That was the whole point and a year after starting our journey, I’m proud to say that it is working. I’ve said before that we don’t give up anything, we just moderate how much we eat.
While I drink more water than before and less pop or tea, I also slimmed down on other treats. Mocha and coffee drinks are less often, as are alcoholic drinks. I used to be perfectly happy sitting down with a cup of cappuccino, glass of Kahlua and cream, Moscato, ChocoVine or an Amaretto stone sour. Not that I drank often or a lot because I didn’t (factoring out my college years, of course). Now, I have it much less often than before. Until I get to my goal weight, every calorie is precious!
But I’m always happy to try new foods and drinks and I gladly incorporate new adult drinks into my rotation! While at BlogHer, I received a gift pack from SheSpeaks. The idea was that my roomies and I would enjoy a nice cocktail while settling in for the night. Unfortunately, that didn’t pan out. We were all going non-stop. We seldom said two words to each other before crashing each night. It worked out fine though because the gift from SheSpeaks wasn’t just any cocktail; it was a variety pack of new Arbor Mist Frozen Wine Cocktails. Strawberry White Zinfandel, White Pear Pinot Grigio and Blackbarry Merlot. We didn’t have a freezer in the room so I packed them up and brought them home.
Sure glad I did. I was able to try them in a relaxing environment and really appreciate their tastes. Yes, I tried all three. Shush it. It was required to be able to provide an accurate review.
I don’t know if you realized in my list of favorite cocktails, but they are all sweet. I’m not a fan of dry wines. About the furthest toward dry that I go on the wine spectrum is a Riesling. The closer it is to tasting like a dessert, the better.
Well, let me tell you… These Arbor Mist Frozen Wine Cocktails are exactly that: elegant frozen adult slushies that I would gladly serve as an after-dinner dessert while the kids enjoyed ice cream! You freeze the package then when you’re ready to enjoy it, you pour it into a glass. For me, it was more like a dessert because I enjoyed it slowly with a spoon as opposed to drinking it like a daiquiri or margarita.
How did they taste? The Merlot definitely pushed the taste buds because it still had that dry undertone. The fact it was merlot didn’t bother me because I was consuming it like a gourmet dessert. It’s sweet enough to appease the Moscoto fan like myself but I’m sure my red-wine drinking mom would love it, too. The Strawberry White Zinfandel was delicious and I expected it would be my favorite, but I was pleasantly surprised to gravitate toward the White Pear Pinot Grigio! Given the choice, that’s the one I would want.
Now get this. Check out the nutritional facts. This is what I can’t figure out. I’m a label reader now more than ever before. It says one serving is one package with calories varying based on the variety. Maybe it was because I served it in a small wine glass and ate it slowly that I shudder at the thought of consuming an entire package by myself. Scratch that. Who am I kidding? I could totally see myself drinking the entire thing if I poured it into a large glass, added a straw and had it while chatting with friends. That’s typically how entire bottles of wine disappear, right? With friends?
I looked for these while at Walmart today but couldn’t find them yet. I live in Iowa so things make it here MUCH slower than elsewhere, I swear. These are absolutely delicious and so much easier than pulling out the blender. They are fast and easy and very conducive to a Bunco night or ladies’ night out.
Just be sure to try all the flavors before you commit to one. If I hadn’t sampled the White Pear, I never would have realized it’s my favorite!
…and drink responsibly… because these taste so good, you may forget you’re drinking alcohol!