Wine + fruit + freeze = coolest way to chill down your summer. Here's how to do it right.
Try this recipe: Berrylicious Frozen Sangria Slushy
Making a frozen wine slushy is as simple as blend and freeze, but there are a few key moves I've learned to do it just that much better.
First, there are two ways to get to slushy town:
- If you blend wine with ice cubes and frozen fruit, you can enjoy your slushy right away.
- If you blend wine with ice cubes and fresh fruit, the texture of your slushy won't be truly slushy. Your best bet in that case is to blend everything, put it in a couple of zip top bags (don't fill them all the way full) and freeze for 4 hours to overnight.
This quick video shows you how to make an easy wine slushy with juicy berries to bump up the flavor:
You can make frozen slushies with just about any sangria recipe, with a few modifications:
- Remove peels from peaches, nectarines, apples, and pears.
- Cut peeled fruit into small pieces before freezing so they blend more evenly.
- Rinse fresh berries before freezing.
- Freeze pieces of fruit spread out on a baking sheet so they don't clump together. A smart do-ahead is to peel a load of fruit, freeze it, then store in separate bags so you'll have frozen fruit ready to turn into slushies all summer.
- If your sangria recipe calls for citrus slices, juice the citrus instead. Then when you serve, just garnish your slushy with fresh slices of the citrus.
- If you want to flavor your slush with herbs, blend the wine and herbs, chill for an hour to let the flavors steep, strain out the herbs, then blend the chilled wine with frozen fruit. Garnish your slushy with a whole sprig of the herb you used.
- If you freeze your slushy, the alcohol content keeps the mixture from turning rock hard, but it will be fairly solid when you first take it out of the freezer. The good news: The ice crystals melt pretty quickly, so you'll be able to break it up before too long. The better news: If you freeze it in zip top bags, you can pull out the bags, let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes, then start tapping lightly with a rolling pin or heavy spoon to break up the crystals.
Here's to a totally chill summer.
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