Slushies are always fun and they're even better when you add wine. Boozy slushies are a delicious frozen treat that you can make in advance or mix up at a moment's notice. This recipe is simple and designed to be customizable. Use any style of wine you have on hand and a mix of fresh or frozen berries or switch to another blendable fruit. You can change the consistency so it's as smooth or icy as you like, too. Experiment and see where your wine slushie adventure takes you.
The recipe begins by freezing wine in ice cube trays. The wine cubes make it easy to enjoy a wine slushie anytime and are an excellent way to use up a bottle of wine before it goes stale. The standard 750-milliliter wine bottle has just over 3 cups; 2 cups of wine will fill one average ice cube tray, enough for a few slushies.
Red wines are excellent with a mix of blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries. It's a good mix for white wines as well, but you may want to eliminate the blackberries or switch to blueberries. Sparkling wines and rosés are fabulous with strawberries; raspberries are another good addition.
The honey is a nice natural sweetener, especially with a dry wine. When making slushies with sweet wine, you might want to skip it.
- 3 ice cubes
- 2 cups red, white, rosé or sparkling wine
- 1/4 cup raspberries
- 1/4 cup blackberries
- 1/4 cup frozen strawberries, sliced
- Optional: 1 tablespoon honey
- Garnish: fresh or frozen berries
Gather the ingredients.
Fill an ice cube tray with the wine of your choice. Freeze for at least 6 hours, though overnight is best.
For one large slushie or two small ones, combine 3 ice cubes and 6 frozen wine cubes with the berries and honey in a blender.
Blend well, until mixed and slushy.
Pour into a chilled glass.
Garnish with berries, serve, and enjoy!
Does Wine Freeze Well?
Wine has a low alcohol content and it will freeze to a certain extent. It doesn't get as solid as water but freezes to a semi-slushy consistency that maintains the cube shape rather well. The time needed to fully freeze wine depends on its alcohol content and your freezer temperature. In a chest freezer, a 10 percent ABV sparkling wine may freeze within six hours, while a stronger 13 percent ABV red wine will need a few more hours. A refrigerator's freezer is not as cold and the wine will need longer to freeze. In general, plan on letting the wine freeze overnight.
How to Change the Wine Slushie's Consistency
By using a combination of frozen and fresh fruits you can change the consistency of your wine slushie:
- Using all frozen fruit creates a smoothie-like consistency.
- When made entirely of fresh fruit the slushy is more like an icy frozen cocktail.
- For the best of both options, use fresh blackberries and raspberries with frozen strawberries.
With any of these options, refreezing the blended slushie will harden the mix and make it slushier. Between 3/4 and 1 cup of total fruit is about perfect for six 1-ounce wine cubes. Add more or less of any ingredient and blend again to suit your taste.
- The wine can be frozen in any container, including cake or loaf pans and muffin tins. Ice cube trays make it convenient to pop out just the right amount for a drink or two.
- The blended wine slushie can be frozen to serve later. Simply pour it into a freezer-safe container and freeze. Use a fork to scrape it out and transfer to glasses. Leftover slushie can be frozen in the glass, too.
- This wine slushy is designed to be thick and you can eat it with a spoon. To thin it out, add about 2 ounces of wine to the blender. Seltzer, club soda, or ginger ale can be blended into the slushie, too.
- If you don't want to freeze the wine in advance, add more ice so it's more like a frosé. Blend about 5 ice cubes, 1 cup of wine, the fresh or frozen berries, and honey together. Add more ice for a thicker consistency.
- Use other blendable fruits. Blueberries, mangos, papaya, passion fruit, peaches, pineapple, and watermelon are all excellent choices.
How Strong Is a Wine Slushie?
The amount of alcohol in a wine slushie depends on a number of factors, including the strength of the wine. Generally, you can estimate that the ice and fruit dilute the wine by about half. For example, a slushie made with 13 percent ABV wine should fall in the 6 percent ABV range.