Ladies and gentlemen, may we present to you the wine pop, a.k.a. your new favorite (and innovative!) way to get drunk while combating August humidity.
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.
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.
How to make wine pops:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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Wine Pop Recipes
Don’t believe that you can do this yourself? We’ve rounded up seven 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.
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 Strawberry Mojito Wine Popsicles recipe.
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 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Red Wine Popsicles recipe.
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 Raspberry Frosé Popsicles recipe.
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