The Hot Trend of Cool Wine Slushes

The perfect refreshment for wine lovers this summer.



Frozen wine slushes are hot. An appealing alternative to sangria or a wine spritzer, they are surprisingly refreshing, and retain the wine's character while adding and enhancing its attractive fruit flavors. Thirst quenching, not cloying, wine slushes are the perfect way for wine lovers to indulge their taste this summer while lounging by the pool or relaxing on the deck.

The most inviting wine slushes usually start with a dry, yet fruity white or red wine. (Some smart choices are Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Rioja, or Merlot.) Add a combination of fruit juice and/or fresh fruit, blend until smooth, and freeze until the desired consistency. (The alcohol in the wine will prevent the mixture from totally freezing solid). For a smoother, quicker result, pour the blended mixture into an electric ice cream maker and process until slushy. Serve in colorful acrylic tumblers or Margarita glasses.

Although your guests will no doubt be perfectly content to sip wine slushes all by themselves, you can also serve them with food. Experiment with the following recipes and food pairings, or create your own concoctions. Either way, these beverages prove that wine doesn't always have to be taken seriously, or served in proper stemware, to be delicious.


Recipes:

  •  Zingy: 1 bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc; 1 can frozen limeade concentrate; 1 cup cranberry juice.
    Food pairings: chips and salsa; grilled shrimp Caesar salad; New England clam chowder.

  • Tropical: 1 bottle unoaked Chardonnay; 6 oz. mango nectar (look for cans of Jumex or another brand); 1 cup pineapple juice.
    Food pairings: Grilled shrimp skewers with pineapple salsa; cheddar cheese fondue; fruit and cheese tray.

  • Jammy: 1 bottle California or Australian Merlot; 1 cup pomegranate juice (POM or another brand); 1 pint blackberries.
    Food pairings: Grilled rib-eye steaks topped with bleu cheese; seared tuna; antipasto platter.


    Kelly Magyarics is a wine writer and educator in the D.C. metro area. Kelly can be reached through her website, which is www.trywine.net.
     

    More Online Exclusive articles:

  • Edit Module
    Edit Module

    Related Articles

    Drink Well, Do Good

    Pour with purpose with these do-good bottles.

    The Enthusiast 100 of 2014

    Our top picks of the year.

    Bust Out of the Burgundy Box

    Burgundy may be an Old World classic, but that doesn’t mean the other items on the table have to be.

    10 Reasons to Drink Australian

    It’s time to give Australia’s unique wines another look.
    Edit Module
    Edit Module

    Subscribe

    You can unsubscribe at any time. View an example of our newsletter.

    Edit Module

    Shop

    Edit Module
    >
    Edit Module
    Edit Module Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit Module

    Related Web Articles