Blackberry Moscato Slushies ~ I couldn’t let summer slink away without one for the road, and this easy frozen wine cocktail is just the thing for an end of season toast. The best part is that you don’t need to buy the ‘good stuff’ for this cocktail, and it can easily be made non-alcoholic, so nobody’s left out.
Frozen wine cocktails have definitely been the darlings of summer ’18 (summer ’16 and ’17, for that matter!) It all started with frosés (frozen rosé) and progressed quickly through the different categories of wine and all the possible fruits. The concept is so simple, just blend cold or frozen wine with some ice and some frozen fruit. The blender turns it instantly into an icy slush that is incredibly refreshing. If you haven’t gotten on the bandwagon yet, there’s still time…
Wine slushies are so great because they work with any kind of berry or fresh fruit. I’m using end of season blackberries, they’re so juicy and cheap. But you can use just about anything, just pop it in the freezer at least an hour or two before hand so it gets nice and hard.
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How to freeze fruit for a wine slushie ~
Wash and dry your fruit. Berries can be frozen whole, other fruit can be chopped. Arrange the fruit in a single layer on a piece of parchment or waxed paper on a baking sheet. Put the pan in the freezer for an hour or two until the fruit is rock hard. You can now use it, or store it in freezer bags or storage containers.
The minute you take your frozen berries out of the freezer they develop this frosty look, aren’t they beautiful? Save a few aside for garnishing your slushie.
Moscato is a sweet white Italian dessert wine, but you can use any white or rose wine. Pick up something sweet and inexpensive, there’s no reason to go for the good stuff. Even though I don’t care for sweet wines for general drinking, they work well in slushies. Don’t worry about them being too cloying, because the sweetness is blunted by freezing.
Tip: Need to chill your wine asap? Put it in a bucket or bowl of ice + water + a handful of salt. The wine will chill in minutes. Want to freeze it? Pour it into a sturdy zip lock freezer bag, flatten it out onto a baking sheet or in a pan, and freeze. (It won’t ever get rock hard because of the alcohol.)
So there you have it, we’re raising our Mason jars to toast the change of seasons…it’s been fun, summer, but I can’t wait to leap headfirst into fall ~ who’s with me? Cheers!
Blackberry Moscato Slushies ~ this easy white wine frozen cocktail is so refreshing!
- 1 cup (8 ounces) very cold Moscato (or other white wine)
- 1 cup ice
- a handful of frozen blackberries
- 2 cups frozen wine (Pour into a large zip lock freezer bag, freeze flat for 2 hours, it won't get rock hard because of the alcohol)
- a handful of frozen blackberries
- For Option 1 or 2 ~ put everything in the Vitamix blender and blend until smooth. Use the tamper if necessary. If it's too thick, add more wine, if it's too thin, add ice or frozen berries.
- Spoon into glasses and garnish with frozen berries.
Alternatively you can actually freeze the wine (pour it into a sturdy zip lock baggie and pop it in the freezer overnight.) This will allow you to use more wine and less ice for a stronger cocktail. Note that the wine won't freeze completely because of the alcohol. You can double or triple this recipe for a crowd.
Make this blackberry Moscato slushie your own ~
- Make it with a different wine ~ any white wine will do.
- Make it non-alcoholic ~ use grape juice or cider in place of the wine.
- Make it fruitier ~ use more berries, I used only a few because I like the pale color and subtle flavor, but more berries will darken the drink and give it a stronger berry flavor.
- Make it boozier ~ add some vodka to the blender.
- Make it in your ice cream machine ~ yes, it works perfectly. I omit the ice and puree the wine and berries, then add to the machine and process.
- Make it dessert ~ this could easily be dessertified and served in small bowls after dinner.