Long maligned as a drink option for the inept and uncouth, the combination of wine and ice is no longer a “don’t” – in fact, wine slushies are one of the hottest ways to cool down this summer.
With the addition of a little frozen fruit, your new wine concoction can reach new heights. You’ll need to plan ahead in order for the wine slushies to freeze (but check out the super quick version below if time is in short supply). You’ll also need a blender or food processor to make the mix smooth.
How to Make Wine Slushies
2 cups wine (see fruit recommendations below)
2 cups fresh fruit, peeled and sliced or chunked if required (see fruit recommendations below)
1 tablespoon sugar (optional; recommended if you are using a dry wine)
Pour the wine into a plastic container or sealable plastic bag. Cover or close, and freeze until the wine becomes slushy. Ideally, you will freeze the mix overnight, but at a minimum – you can get away with four hours.
While your wine slushy is freezing, toss the peeled and chopped fruit (or berries) with your sugar (if you are using it). Mash up the fruit a bit, and then put the mix in the freezer until frozen.
After at least four hours, toss your fruit and wine slush into a blender or food processor, and process for about one minute or until it is nice and smooth.
Pour/scoop the wine slushies into wine or margarita glasses and serve. Ahhhhh!
Best Fruit and Vino Combinations for Wine Slushies
Certain wines pair well with certain fruits and berries. Start with your favorite wine or fruit, and then go from there:
- Sauvignon Blanc with honeydew
- Rosé wine with raspberries
- Pinot Grigio with blackberries
- Chardonnay with peaches
- White Zinfandel with watermelon
- Sauvignon Blanc with cantaloupe
- Prosecco with blueberries
- Pinot Gris with mangoes
- Moscato with pineapple
- Riesling with strawberries
- Merlot with blackberries
- Lambrusco with cherries
- Pinot Noir with blackberries, strawberries and raspberries
Wine Slushies: The Quick Version
No time to wait on the wine slushies to freeze? Simply blend together your wine, ice cubes, and frozen fruit (or fresh fruit). Your drink won’t be quite as slushy as the recipe above, but it will taste just as nice!
Customize Your Cocktail with Creative Ingredients
Once you’ve mastered your wine slushies – it’s time to get creative! Substitute honey or agave syrup for the sugar for an easy switcheroo, or add one of the following creative ingredients below to perk up the flavor:
- Citrus zest: lime, lemon or orange
- Fresh sliced ginger
- Dash of chili powder (perfect with mango)
- Fresh lavender leaves
- Fresh mint leaves
- Ginger ale
- Whipped cream
- Vanilla ice cream
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