ALDI Chef’s Corner: Wine Slushies

July 21, 2016 –Chef Linsey from the ALDI Test Kitchen here to tell you all about the perfect frozen indulgence sure to beat the heat!

What could be better than sitting outside, enjoying a nice glass of wine on a warm summer day? A wine slushy!IMG_8493_updated

Think of it like an adult snow cone. These refreshing summer recipes are the ideal treats for a cocktail party or relaxing by the side of the pool.

Just like wine, the varieties of wine slushies are endless! Simply blend your favorite wine with frozen fruit or even ice cream. Because many fruits are at their peak during the summer months, you can save money buying fresh fruit and freezing it at home.

One of my favorite combinations as a kid was a bright blue raspberry slushy blended with vanilla ice cream. The creaminess of the ice cream together with the tanginess of the slushy creates an addictive combination.  A classic French dessert called Peach Melba has a very similar flavor combination. Poached peaches are served with vanilla ice cream and a raspberry sauce. Adding wine and using frozen fruit bring this dessert to a whole new level!

Peach Melba Zinfandel SlushIMG_8521_updated
Ingredients:
1 cup Season’s Choice Frozen Peaches
1 cup Season’s Choice Frozen Raspberries
2 cups Specially Selected Vanilla Ice Cream
1 ½  cups Bridge Road Vineyards White Zinfandel, chilled and divided

Directions:

  1. In a blender, combine each ingredient separately with ½ cup of wine. Blend until smooth.
  2. Layer each mixture in serving glasses and enjoy!

If you’re looking for a similar recipe to serve for the Fourth of July, check out the Grown-up Patriotic Slush.

Another classic dessert is the Italian Granita, which is made by freezing a lightly sweetened flavored water or juice. This recipe is unique due to the technique in which it is frozen and can can easily be done at home! Granitas take a bit more time to prepare, however it’s the only way to achieve that perfect slushy consistency. Try this recipe using any of your favorite wines.

Temperanillo Granita
Ingredients: IMG_8493_updated
1 bottle Vina Fuerte Tempranillo

Directions:

  • Pour wine into an 8×8 glass baking dish. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes, until ice crystals form.
  • Scrape with a fork and repeat this process, scraping the wine until a slushy consistency is achieved, about 3 hours.

Here in the Midwest, we only have so many months to enjoy growing our own food. So I try to use my fresh herbs as much as possible during the summer months. The following recipe takes advantage of that with fresh mint, tropical fruits and wine to create a mojito inspired slushy.

Tropical Winjito FreezeIMG_8504_updated
Ingredients:
1 cup cubed pineapple, frozen
1 cup cubed mango, frozen
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
¼ cup lime juice
1 tablespoon Baker’s Corner Brown Sugar
1 ¼ cup Beletti Prosecco

Directions:

  1. In a blender, blend all ingredients until smooth.

To prevent these recipes from melting too rapidly, place the mixture in the freezer for no more than 2 hours. Stir occasionally to maintain the slushy consistency. Pre-freezing your serving glasses is also a great way to keep your drinks frozen longer.

I hope that this has given you some insight into new ways to enjoy wine this summer.

Add  your refreshing creations in the comments below!

LinseyChef Linsey realized her passion as a young “chef” while recreating her Grandma’s Italian classics. She received her culinary degree from the College of DuPage, where she had the opportunity to study abroad in Italy. Her professional experience includes catering, various restaurants, and in the kitchens of multiple gourmet grocers. Chef Linsey continues to specialize in Italian comfort foods as well as utilizing simple ingredients to showcase their natural quality. Exploring new restaurants with her husband, travel and spending time with her furry babies are some of her most enjoyable pastimes. Check out her corner of the ALDI Test Kitchen here.

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