Get the party started by picking a bottle of your favorite wine and an ice cube tray to make an easy and delicious Wine Slushy!!
Happy July 4th (tomorrow) everyone!! Time to celebrate our independence with family and friends by eating and drinking way too much while enjoying pretty fireworks. Hope all my Canadian friends had a very happy Canada Day this week too.
I just love the month of July and all of it’s celebrations. I especially love the July 4th holiday because my birthday is two days later (wooohooo!) Every year my birthday is celebrated during a long 3-4 day holiday stretch (like I’m doing this weekend! Yay me!!).
Being born around the fourth of July is awesome since everyone is in the celebrating mood anyways and there’s always a fun happening party or event. School’s out, summer vaca is on, weather’s beautiful, beach water is warm, paid work day due to the holiday, good excuse to eat and drink a lot, etc. I think it’s the best time of the year.
Let’s imagine, it’s tomorrow and you are at a July 4th party. You want wine but you know a frozen drink would be much more enjoyable on this hot, summer day. Well, you can have your wine and frozen drink too…in a Wine Slushy!
As much as I’d like to take credit for this perfect alcoholic concoction, I can’t. The idea of a wine slushy has been around for quite awhile now but I’ve never actually tried one. My Mom, who knows me too well, sent over this article and told me to make it and write about it.
Honesty, I was a little uninspired going into this recipe because I thought:
1) how could I love wine any more than I already do so what’s the point of freezing it
2) what a pain to have to freeze the wine and then blend it up to have it taste just like wine. Yeah, I’m a little lazy like that.
After a few weeks of holding this recipe, I finally went for it and the result was that it turned my wine into the super cool drunk uncle of a 7-11 slurpee. OMG, I love this drink!
I love it so much that crazy ideas were going through my mind like:
1) how could I have a full-time job driving around a wine slushy drink truck?
2) is it acceptable to drink this as a dessert replacement every day?
My liver and I thank you, Mom.
Another truth is that I’m a slightly embarrassed to write this recipe post. I mean, come on, this is hands down the easiest drink in the world to put together.
How do you write about freezing some wine into cubes, slushing it up in a blender, and pouring it into a glass and make it sound interesting? I feel like I should be talking about the science of freezing wine and something-something about the molecular structure, but really all you do is just freeze the wine and blend it.
It ain’t rocket science but it is a damn good drink, especially on a sunny day and by a pool. Pool or no pool, I’m pretty sure I’ll be drinking/enjoying this wine slushy all summer long.
For my wine slushy, I used straight up Pinot noir because it’s the bottle I already had open (feel free to use red or white wine). At first I was hesitant to use it, thinking that type of red wine would be too strong and not fruity enough. Then I thought, Pinot noir is my favorite wine so, alright, if it sucks I’ll just let it melt and then drink it as regular wine (genius brain working here folks, can’t stop it even if I wanted to).
No worries because my slushy was everything a frozen drink should be, so refreshing and delicious. It was simple and easy to crush the wine cubes too, as they don’t fully freeze due to the alcohol. A few pulses of my immersion stick blender and my slushy was really to drink. Party on!
This Wine Slushy is the perfect drink to enjoy this July 4th holiday and all summer long.
- 12 ounces of wine, your choice of type and flavor
- Pour wine in ice cube trays. Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.
- Take wine cubes out of tray and place in immersion stick blender or regular blender. Pulse a few times until wine cubes are crushed up and of a slushy-like consistently.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy on a beautiful sunny day.