Sipping a stiff red may be more associated with the snowy, fireside days of winter, but frankly, we’re already tired of the whites and rosés that are cramping our Sunday brunch style. Sure, wine is wine and we’ll never actually discriminate against most bottles, but it’d be nice to have more summertime options than, perhaps, the standard glass of basic bitch Pinot Grigio.
Ladies and gentlemen, may we present to you the wine pop, a.k.a. your new favorite (and innovative!) way to get drunk while combatting July humidity.
Freezing wine to create a sugary treat may seem like an intimidating feat, but it’s actually quite easy. In fact, you can probably sip your way through the cooking and freezing process, so long as you’re mindful of things like a stove’s open flame.
To start, you’re going to need to pick your poison. This is where we finally get to crack open that bottle of red we’ve been storing for fall, but you can, by all means, use the white or rosé you’ve been guzzling since May. Next, you’re going to need to select your summery flavor profile. We suggest a seasonal berry or fruit that will really highlight the complexities of the vino. (Or just something that will taste good going down, tbh). Red wine also happens to pair extremely well with chocolate, so here’s your excuse to melt that good stuff down and create the Fudgesicle of your dreams.
Though recipes vary, most will require you to mix your wine (cooked down on the stove if it’s red), fruit or other ingredients, sugar, and usually another liquid (either a basic simple syrup, juice, or citrus) in a food processor until it reaches your desired consistency. Keep it chunky if you enjoy noshing on bits of fruit. Keep it smooth if you want your tongue to do the talking. The beauty of the wine pop is that it is completely customizable, from taste and consistency to sweetness and alcohol level. From there, you simply pour the mixture into a custom ice tray or clever popsicle molds and freeze for a minimum of eight hours. That’s. It.
Don’t believe that you can do this yourself? We’ve rounded up five straightforward recipes that prove otherwise. The sooner you blend, the sooner you lick. And the sooner you lick, the sooner you cool down. We promise it’s worth the effort.
Strawberry Mojito Wine Popsicles
Don’t be fooled: These don’t have rum. That doesn’t make them any less delicious, though. Fresh mint elevates everything, including your mood. Get the recipe.
Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Red Wine Popsicles
Honestly, we’d rather bite into one of these than an actual chocolate-covered strawberry. The addition of wine essentially makes them a multi-meal. Get the recipe.
Peach Wine Pops
Peach and white wine are legitimate BFFs. Nobody can and should come between them, especially with this sweet treat. Get the recipe.
Raspberry Frosé Popsicles
Frosé is the summer trend that will never die. Bring it more life by tossing in raspberries and freezing it by the stickful. Get the recipe.
Blackberry Wine Pops
Since you’re hoarding those seasonal blackberries by the bushel, here’s another way to get rid of them. Cheers!
Ready to level up your wine game? Check out these Wine Subscriptions to Toast to Each Month.