Wine Slushies For The Win

There’s a new drink out there that is campaigning for “Best Summer Drink”. It’s cold, fruity, delicious, and made from wine? Wait a second. Wine and Summer, yeah ok, I’ll bite. What is the world could possibly bring wine to the front of the summer “cool” list? A wine slushie, that’s what.

What Exactly Is A Wine Slushie?

It’s actually really simple to make a wine slushie. If you are old enough, then you can remember that the “Snoopy Snow Cone Maker” was a toy for kids that allowed you to make a snow cone at home. Well, making a wine slushie is as easy as that was. All you need are 2 or 3 ingredients, a blender, and a container to keep it in. The three ingredients will be wine, fruit, and if necessary a simple syrup. And that’s it. Now, of course, there will be more complex recipes out there, and we’ll share some of those later in this article, but those three things are all you need to get started. So let’s take a look at some of the best wines to use in a Wine Slushie.

Moscato – Moscato is made from the Muscat grape. A sweet, fruity wine that is delicious when served chilled. It has a very sweet, aromatic presence and is produced in a range of hues from white to red.

White Zinfandel – White Zinfandel is a sweet rosé wine made with red Zinfandel grapes. It is known for its sweet and easy going taste. The first rosé made from Zinfandel grapes is attributed to California’s El Pinal Winery in 1869.

Riesling – Germany’s white wine grape, Riesling, is used to create wine exhibiting the perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness. Sweet Rieslings typically offer aromas with notes of citrus and orchard fruit.

Pinot Noir – Pinot noir is a red wine grape variety created predominantly from pinot noir grapes. It has dry and light-bodied taste, with hints of fruit, flowers, and spice.

Zinfandel – Zinfandel is a variety of black-skinned wine grape used to produce different styles of Zinfandel based on the amount of skin contact. It is a dry, semi-sweet wine that is grown predominantly in California. 

Merlot – Merlot is a dark blue-colored wine grape variety. The name Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the color of the grape. Merlot is dry with fruity flavor and smooth finish.

Cabernet Sauvignon – Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. Commonly is dry with hints of fruit and a smooth finish.

Shiraz – Syrah, also known as Shiraz, is a dark-skinned grape variety grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce red wine. It can be described as a dry, rich wine. 

This is by no means an end all list of wines, as a matter of fact, I could fill many pages worth of the different styles, flavors, and varieties of wine. The nice thing about wine is that there seems to be something for everyone. Not a fan of the dry, sultry, and sometimes spicy flavors of dark red wines? You can try a sweet dessert wine. Not big on the sweet stuff? Maybe a semi-sweet wine would be good for you. The combos and varieties seem to be endless. When you’ve been around as long as wine has and you’re still doing as well as or better than you ever have, well, you know you’re on to something.

A Little History on Wine

The earliest known traces of wine are from Georgia (6000 BC), Iran (5000 BC), and Sicily (4000 BC) although there is evidence of a similar alcoholic drink being consumed earlier in China (7000 BC). Wine is an alcoholic drink made from fermented grapes. Different varieties of grapes and strains of yeasts produce different styles of wine. Wine reached the Balkans by 4500 BC and was consumed and celebrated in ancient Greece, Thrace and Rome. Throughout history, wine has been consumed for its intoxicating effects.

There may be no bigger role in the popularity of wine than from Religion. Ancient Egyptians and other cultures have long associated Red Wine with Blood, which is an important symbol in most religions. Wine is an important part of Jewish laws and traditions. The Kiddush is a blessing recited over wine or grape juice to sanctify the Shabbat or also known as the Sabbath. It also shares importance with Christianity as it is used in a sacred rite known as the Eucharist or commonly referred to as Communion in Protestant churches. 

Today wine continues to play a large role in our society more than 8000 years later. It is available in Red, White, Rose’, Fruit, Mead, and Starch wines. There are Vineyards all over the world that grow grapes, produce wine, and sell or bottle it. It continues to play a role in the culinary arts for cooking, religious rights, and for simple relaxation.

Recipes For A Frozen Treat

Here are some recipes for some slushies that you’ll just have to try. These are probably gonna be some of the easiest recipes you’ll find so The first recipe will have instructions and then you can follow the same basic concept for the rest of them.

Moscato Peach Wine Slushies

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Bottle Moscato Wine
  • 2 Cups of Frozen Peaches
  • ½ Cup Powdered Sugar
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Add frozen peaches, sugar and a few splashes of moscato to food processor or blender.
  • Blend until completely smooth.
  • Pour in the rest of the moscato and blend until incorporated.
  • Quickly pour mixture into ice cube trays. (stir if peaches begin to settle on the bottom of the blender jar)
  • Freeze.
  • Place frozen cubes in a blender. 
  • Add a splash of wine to make blending easier.
  • Blend until slush consistency, adding a splash of wine to thin it out if needed.
  • Pour into wine glasses, add a straw (if desired) and serve immediately.
  • Garnish with fresh fruit like strawberries and peach slices
Frozen Sangria Slushie

Just blend the fresh or frozen fruit with ingredients in blender.

  • white wine (moscato wine is suggested) 
  • Citrus rum
  • Triple sec
  • Frozen Pineapple
  • Frozen strawberries
Triple Berry Red Wine Slushie

Just blend the fresh or frozen fruit with ingredients in blender.

  • Frozen Blueberries
  • Frozen Blackberries
  • Frozen Raspberries
  • Red Wine 
  • Ginger ale
  • Little sugar
Strawberry Peach White Wine Slushie

First blend the fresh or frozen strawberries and white wine and pour into glass.

Then blend fresh or frozen peaches with white wine in blender then pour on top of blended strawberry mixture.

Berrylicious Frozen Sangria Slushie

Just blend the fresh or frozen fruit with ingredients in blender.

  • Ice cubes
  • Red wine
  • Frozen blueberries
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Orange flavored liquor
  • Orange juice
  • A little sugar
Orange Peach Mimosa Slushies

Just blend the fresh or frozen fruit with ingredients in blender.

  • Orange
  • Frozen Peaches
  • Orange Juice
  • Champagne

All of these recipes are super easy to follow and it’s a great treat to drink during a hot summer day. Let’s be honest though, it doesn’t need to be summer to enjoy these frozen delights. If you have issues getting fresh or frozen fruit, maybe you just want the easiest way possible, then you should check out these drink mixes available on Amazon. They also have these available. You can also buy a slushie machine as well!

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