Wine Slushies Made Two Ways: The Ultimate Summer Refreshment

Meet your new go-to summer beverage. The wine slushy! At the vineyard, our slushy machine is super popular in the summer, but you can easily make wine slushies at home too. You only need two to three ingredients: red or white wine, strawberry daiquiri or piña colada mix, and fresh or frozen fruit (fruit is optional). Below are two different ways to make slushies. You can make them either in the freezer or in the blender. 

Enjoy a wine slushy and you'll instantly feel like you're at our vineyard in the Champlain Islands on a warm summer day!

wine slushy strawberry and pina colada

Wine Slushies: The Freezer Method

If you don't have a blender, or if you want to prep your wine slushy in advance to enjoy later, you can combine the ingredients in a pitcher and put it in the freezer. Done!

It will take about 4-5 hours to freeze and become slushy-like. At that point, you can take it out, stir it up, and enjoy it. Or, you can leave it in the freezer until you're ready to thaw it enough to drink. This can be days or even a week later.

I left mine in the freezer for a week before drinking it and it was perfect. It's a good way to use up an open bottle of wine that you aren't sure you're going to finish immediately.

When you're ready to enjoy your slushy, take it out of the freezer and let it thaw for 20-30 minutes and you're good to go!

wine slushies

Wine Slushies: The Blender Method

For a faster wine slushy you can use a blender to combine the ingredients with ice and you won't have to wait for the slushy to freeze. 

The ice will dilute the wine a little bit so if you're looking for a less alcoholic drink, you can use this method over the freezer method. Your wine slushy will also be fruitier using a blender because you can add in frozen fruit.

Will Freezing Wine Change the Flavor or Alcohol Content?

The alcohol content won’t change when you freeze wine and in most cases, the flavor won't change either.

The only thing to watch out for when freezing wine is how much it expands. If you don't freeze it in a large enough container - it will expand and could break your container. When you're making a wine slushy you want to use a large pitcher or a mason jar with at least an inch to expand.

Now, what are you waiting for? Let's get you a wine slushy!

Strawberry Wine Slushy

Ingredients: 
1 bottle red wine with berry notes like Leon Millot
1/4 cup strawberry daiquiri mix

Directions to make in the freezer:
Mix the wine and the daiquiri mix together and freeze for 4-5 hours. It will be the consistency of a slushy when you stir it up. If freezing for longer, you'll need to let it thaw for 20-30 minutes before you can drink it. Stir and enjoy!

Directions to make in a blender with frozen fruit and ice: 
If you'd like a fruity and faster version, mix the wine, daiquiri mix, 3-4 cups of fresh or frozen strawberries, and 2 cups of ice in a blender. Note: if you don't have a large blender, you may need to blend the ingredients in batches because it may not all fit. 

Piña Colada Wine Slushy

Ingredients:
1 bottle of fruity white wine like Naked Mermaid
1/4 cup piña colada mix

Directions to make in the freezer:
Mix the wine and the daiquiri mix together and freeze for 4-5 hours. It will be the consistency of a slushy when you stir it up. If freezing for longer, you'll need to let it thaw for 20-30 minutes before you can drink it. Stir and enjoy!

Directions to make in a blender with frozen fruit and ice:
If you'd like a fruity and faster version, mix the wine, daiquiri mix, 4-5 cups of fresh or frozen pineapple, and 2 cups of ice in a blender. Note: if you don't have a large blender, you may need to blend the ingredients in batches because it may not all fit. 

Enjoy and we hope to see you soon in the Islands!

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