Wine Slush

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.

 

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  1. slush, eh?

    I love how wine is so versatile. This is why it’s one of my favorites. :)

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