These wine slushies are perfect on a hot summer day. There are so many flavor combinations you can make or you can make a few different kinds and layer them like I did. These are my favorite summer cocktails!
When I think of wine slushies, I immediately think of white wine slushies, but I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious the red wine slushies are. It's like making quick sangria slushies. Absolutely delicious and perfect when paired with a variety of summer fruits.
The most important part of making any kind of slushy recipe is the ratio of ingredients. Too much liquid will result in a thin drink, too little liquid and your mixture will be very thick and difficult to drink. I would err on the side of too thick if you are trying a new combination for the first time. There is nothing stopping you from using a spoon to eat your wine slushy!
Frequently Asked Questions
They will last 2-3 months when stored correctly, however, if they are left in the freezer for longer than a few hours, they can start to freeze solid because there is not enough alcohol in wine to prevent freezing. I noticed the red wine slushy stayed slushy longer than the strawberry white wine slushy did. You can add in some additional alcohol, like vodka or another neutral-flavored liquor which will help prevent them from freezing solid.
To serve the slushies after they have frozen solid, put the block of wine mix in the blender with ½ cup wine and pulse blend to break it up. Add more wine until you get to the consistency you want.
You can store them in any sealable container in the freezer. If you use a baking dish with a lid, you might have to scrape out the slushy. The easiest way to store the slushy is in a plastic sealable bag. I cut one of the corners off so I can squeeze out the slushy and then use a clip to seal the corner.
That is completely up to you and what you enjoy drinking. I used a Pinot Grigio in my white wine slushies and a shiraz for the red because that is what I had on hand. A sauvignon blanc, a merlot, or a rosé wine would work great. Use your favorite wine, your favorite frozen fruit and create your signature wine slushy!
More Frozen Drink Recipes
Frozen drinks are perfect for the summer months, whether you are hosting a happy hour on summer vacation or just enjoying a refreshing cocktail on a hot day. Check out these easy recipes and enjoy your favorites!
How to Freeze Fruit for Wine Slushies
The best fruits to use for wine slushies are fruits that hold up well when frozen. I usually buy frozen fruit for my wine slushies, but you can use fresh fruit and freeze it yourself. Fresh strawberries, blueberries, mango, and peaches are my favorite fruits to use. They freeze beautifully and don't leave you with a lot of seeds like raspberries and blackberries do.
To freeze fresh strawberries or blueberries, wash them and remove the stem. Let them dry completely and then place them on a parchment-lined tray to freeze individually. Once they are frozen, which usually takes 6-8 hours, you can put the frozen strawberries in a freezer bag and grab out the amount you need.
To freeze fresh mango, peaches, pineapple or another skinned fruit, remove the skin and cut into bite size chunks. Place the fruit chunks on a parchment lined tray and freeze for about 8 hours. Then they can be put into freezer bags and stored in the freezer until you are ready to use them.
To freeze citrus for wine slushies, like orange, lemon, lime, or grapefruit, I recommend zesting the fruit, being careful to avoid the white pith which is very bitter and then juicing the fruit. Mix the juice with the zest and freeze in ice trays.
The amount of water content in the fruit does affect the texture of the slushy. For example, my strawberry white wine slushy was a little icier than the mango white wine slushy. Both were delicious, but the mango mixture was much smoother.
You can also puree the fruit with a little water or juice, fill an ice cube tray and freeze the puree to make wine slushies and other frozen drinks.
How to Make Wine Slushies
All you need for these adult slushies is a bottle of wine, your favorite fruit, ice, and a blender that has enough power to crush ice. I'm using the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender in this recipe, but any high speed blender will work. Use the setting on your blender that gives you about 45 seconds of high speed blending. Always keep in mind that the longer the blades are spinning on the blender, the more heat that is generated and this can lead to a liquidy slushy if you process it too long.
I found that the Smoothie Function on the Cold & Hot blender was the perfect setting for this recipe. You can also use the frozen drink setting; however, it blends for 10 seconds longer and I felt that was too long for the consistency I wanted for my slushies. They melt fairly quickly, especially on a hot day, so I like to serve them thick and as they melt they still retain the slushy consistency that you want.
The basic recipe is:
- 2 cups wine
- 2 cups ice
- 1 cup frozen fruit (generous measure)
*Different fruit will measure differently, but I found that using 1 generous cup dry measure worked fine with the various fruits I used. If your wine slushies aren't as thick as you'd like, add a little more fruit and blend just until smooth.
White Wine Slushies
Any type of frozen fruit can be used for white wine slushies, but my favorite so far are mango and strawberry.
The strawberry slushies are so light and refreshing and the mango is creamy and bursting with flavor.
The quality of fruit makes a huge difference, so definitely choose ripe fruit if you are freezing it yourself. The mango I used was sent to me by my friend, Tom, who lives in Florida and picked the fruit from his mango tree. The flavor is unbelievable! Thank you, Tom!
I also added about ½ Tablespoon of coconut baking emulsion to my mango slushies and it was wonderful!
I did not need to sweeten any of the slushies I made, but you can always use a simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar, heated and cooled), just remember to adjust the liquid (wine) to account for the amount of simple syrup you are using OR increase your ice by double the amount of simple syrup. For example, if you are using 2 Tablespoons of simple syrup, increase the ice by ¼ cup.
Red Wine Slushies
This type of slushie quickly became my favorite, which surprised me because I though it might be too dry and bitter. It definitely wasn't and I didn't use any sweetener in my slushies. You can use any type of red wine that you like, but I do recommend using an easy drinking wine like a shiraz, merlot, sweet or dry rosé instead of a heavy tannin red wine like a cabernet.
I also added ¼ teaspoon of orange oil to my blueberry red wine slushies and they tasted so much like a frozen sangria! Delicious!
You can also use a simple syrup to sweeten the wine slushies if using a particularly dry wine. Just remember to decrease the wine by the amount of syrup you use OR increase the ice by double the amount of syrup to maintain the correct consistency.
The fruit you use is completely up to you. Get creative and add a few different fruits to create a red wine slushie you love.
Layered Wine Slushies
If you can't choose which flavor you want, make several and layer them in the glasses for a spectacular flavor and beautiful presentation.
I recommend freezing your wine slushies for a few hours before layering the flavors in the glass. Especially if your slushies are on the liquid side. The mango and blueberry slushies were a little more liquidy than the strawberry but, once frozen for a short time, they layered beautifully.
To layer the different flavors, tilt your wine glass and pour in the first flavor. With the glass tilted, add the second flavor. You can add as many different flavors as you like.
You can also simply pour some of the slushie into the bottom of the wine glass and pour the second, third, and fourth flavor right on top layer that way.
No matter how you do it, you are in for a treat! Enjoy!
- 2 cups wine white or red
- 2 cups ice
- 1 cup frozen fruit
- Add the ingredients to the blender in the order listed and on the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender select the Smoothie Function. On a different blender, use a setting that will crush ice or pulse on and off for about 45 seconds or until the mixture is smooth.
- Pour into glasses and serve.
- To freeze for later, pour into a sealable plastic bag and place in the freezer. To serve once frozen, cut the corner off of the bag and squeeze the wine slushie into your glass. Secure the corner with a clip or a rubber band and return to the freezer.
- 2 cups red wine (I used Shiraz)
- 2 cups ice
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- ¼ teaspoon orange oil
- 2 cups white wine (I used Pinot Grigio)
- 2 cups ice
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- ¼ teaspoon lemon oil
- 2 cups white wine (Pinot Grigio)
- 2 cups ice
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- ½ Tablespoon coconut baking emulsion
ABOUT THE RECIPE AUTHOR, LOUISE LONG
Louise is a full-time recipe creator and food blogger @ The Salted Pepper. She has over 30 years of experience with cooking and recipe development. She owned a restaurant for several years and was a full-time RN until retiring to blog full-time.
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