It's damn hot outside. Don't know about you, but hot weather calls for slushies, and I could use a cool, refreshing drink. Not the kid version, but something a little more sophisticated - for the more refined adult palate.
I "discovered" this idea recently when I forgot about a bottle of wine I put in the freezer for a quick chill. When I finally remembered to take it out, I found a frozen bottle of wine. The only thought that crossed my mind? "I bet this would be an awesome summery drink if I could get it out of the bottle." (I know my wine aficionado friends are cringing, but they'll get over it.) However, after a little research, I found my original idea... not so original after all. In fact, the fine folks at The Kitchn found a much easier way to get the wine out of the bottle and into a glass. Thus... (sung in my best peanut butter jelly time voice) it's sweet wine slushy time...
Sweet Wine Slushies
makes six 4-ounce servings
One 750ml bottle sweet, fruity wine, such as moscato or icewine
Fresh orange juice or white grape juice (optional)
Ice cubes (optional)
Orange or strawberry slices, to garnish
Pour the wine into empty ice cube trays. You will need about 2 standard-sized ice cube trays. (Each cube portion is about 1 ounce.) Freeze the wine overnight, or for at least 6 hours.
When ready to serve, place 4 frozen wine cubes in the bowl of a small food processor or a blender. Blend quickly, in sharp bursts, just until the cubes have broken up. They will be soft and flakey to begin with, and it shouldn't take too much processing to turn them into a slush. Don't overprocess; this will turn them into liquid. Scrape the slush into a martini glass, garnish with a piece of fruit, and serve immediately. Repeat for each serving.
Made one a few days ago, and it was very good. Wine not your thing? How about a boozy granita instead?