Until recently, I hadn’t given wine slush a try. It’s such a great summertime treat. Our friends brought a purchased mix to the cottage a few weeks ago and I looked at the ingredients and decided I should hunt for a recipe. The one that seemed closest to the package mix was on the blog, Celebration Generation. I ended up adding a bit less sugar than that recipe called for and I’m pretty happy with the results. I made a batch with white wine first and that was pretty sweet, so I thought I’d serve it as a sorbet type dessert and that was really delicious. Fresh peaches and mint made it go from good to great. The mint and the wine sorbet were amazing together.
I also gave the red wine a try and I did go in search of Matcha (green tea powder). I’m not sure if that added that much extra flavor for the added expense (a little tiny tin was $19). I made the white wine slushie without the matcha and used it for the red wine. Citric acid adds a little extra tang or tartness and is a natural acid that is found in many foods, especially citrus fruits. It is most commonly found with canning jars and canning supplies. A small container is around $2.
Basic Homemade Wine Slush Mix Recipe
1 to 1 ½ cups sugar (Less if using a sweeter wine, more for a dry wine)
1 ½ tsp citric acid
¼ tsp matcha (green tea) powder *optional
Measure all ingredients into a food processor. Run the food processor for a minute or two, to finely process the sugar and evenly distribute the ingredients.
Pour powdered mix into a baggie or airtight container until ready to use.
To make wine slush: Pour 1 batch of mix into a 1 gallon freezer bag (or large bowl). Add one 750 ml bottle of wine, and 3 cups of water. Stir/shake well. Freeze for about 3 hours before serving in glasses of your choice.
Freeze the mixture for a bit longer, stirring/shaking every 30 minutes or so, to produce a finer grained sorbet style dessert.
As a Gift Idea: Package 1 batch of mix into a clear craft/goodie baggie, push most of the air out, and tie with a twist tie. Add a ribbon bow. Print the above directions (“To make wine slush”) onto a pretty card and attach to the baggie or ribbon.
Here’s a quick peek at my herb garden, it’s looking pretty healthy and the “wall” of chives that I planted to keep the bunnies from munching on the herbs is working well.