Wine slushies for the last taste of summer

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For the summer months, I usually stick with crisp, dry whites or rosés, but on those especially hot days, a wine slushie is the perfect cool down.  To make sure I’m ready for those hot summer days, I always try to keep some wine cubes on hand.  Yes, that’s right wine cubes.  🙂  When (on the rare occasion) there is some left over wine, I freeze it in an ice cube tray and store the wine cubes in ziploc bags.  Just the other day, I made a frozen sangria (see recipe below) from some leftover carménère cubes.  However, I usually prefer to keep things a bit simpler and just blend wine cubes with a little bit of fruit.  For the white wine slushie (pictured above), I used chenin blanc cubes (~1/2 bottle) and canned pineapple.  The frosé  was a combination of  strawberries and cubes from a nice Provence rosé.  If you are craving a slushie, but don’t have wine cubes on hand, you can use frozen fruit, a little ice, and a wine of your choice.  Cheers!

Frozen Sangria

  • red wine cubes (~1/2 bottle)
  • 6 ice cubes
  • fresh fruit (I used apples and nectarines, but its blender’s choice.  Pineapple or berries are often nice in Sangria)
  • brandy
  • orange juice
  • lemon-lime soda

Cut up fruits.  Put 1 cup of chopped fruit into blender, and cut remaining fruit into larger slices.  Top the fruit in the blender with the ice and wine cubes.  Then add 2 shots of brandy, 2 shots of OJ, 1 shot of lemon-lime soda to the blender.  Blend until smooth.  Pour into serving glasses, and top off with lemon-lime soda to taste.  Garnish with remaining fruit and enjoy!

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