What is a Wine Slushie?
If I had a nickel for every time I was asked this…
It’s a frozen drink made with wine or hard liquor. Think frozen pina colada or frozen margarita. It’s ice, the dry mix package (that’s the flavoring), and wine (or hard liquor) blended together. Three ingredients. It’s like making brownies but more fun!
How Do I Make it?
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What Kind of Wine Do I Use?
Dry white wine such as chardonnay or pinot grigio goes with all the flavors except the Dublin Mudslide and the Blackberry Sangria. For Blackberry Sangria use a dry red. For Berry and the regular Sangria, red or white. For Mudslide, use bailey’s and milk or for a chocotini (think martini), use vodka. For the Peach Mango Bellini, use dry champagne. Wine can also be used with the Peach Mango Bellini.
How Much Hard Liquor Do I Use?
1 ½ C for a full package. Vodka, rum, or gin. Although I did have a man ask me at an art & craft fair that question. After I said 1 ½ C, he said, “Two cups? Four cups?” I guess it just depends on how good of a night you want to have. Also, add 1 1/2 C of water too. That will give you three cups of liquids to make seven 8 oz drinks. Adjust the hard liquor/water ratio as you see fit.
How Much Does Each Package Make?
Seven 8 oz glasses.
Can I Use Moscato Wine?
No, you wouldn’t want to do that. Because the product is sweet, if you add a sweet wine, it will taste sickie-sweet and you will think it’s the product’s fault. If you use a dry wine, the combination of a dry wine and sweet product will give you a refreshing taste.
If I Use Champagne for the Peach Mango Bellini in the Blender, Won’t it Explode?
No, you will be fine. You are only blending for 30 seconds. Also, you really won’t lose that much carbonation either.
Do I Have to Make it All at Once?
No, you can do half a batch. Just cut the directions in half. When you are near the end of your first half-batch, you can always decide to do another half-batch and finish off the package :)
Can I Make Just One Glass or Use My Bullet Blender?
Because the different products are different weights, it’s honestly too complicated to figure out how many tablespoons of powder for each product. Listen, I made a full batch of Sangria one night and I say it makes seven servings. I almost drank the whole thing myself…one serving, who am I kidding. I don’t think this will be a big issue for you. I’d suggest making half a batch. If your Bullet is big enough (28 oz container), then you can make half a batch as a full batch is 56 oz.
Will it Freeze if I Put it into the Freezer?
Yes. You could pour what you don’t use into a freezer bag and thaw it out for 20-30 minutes before you resume drinking. I wouldn’t recommend putting the blender in the freezer as I wouldn’t want it to crack on you.
Can I Make it Non-Alcoholic?
Ok, ok, I know what most of you are thinking…but there are a few people who like to have it non-alcoholic or make it for the kids. The answer is yes, use ginger ale or tonic water/seltzer water...or wine slushies with sprite if you like
Are these Gluten-Free?
Some are…they’re health drinks really. You know they say a little wine is good for you.
Is There a Lot of Sugar in it? How Many Calories in a Wine Slushie?
This is a fun drink! I took all the broccoli and cauliflower out. Think of this as birthday cake. You’re only having this a few times a year, just like you eat birthday cake only a few times a year - on your birthday, and your friends and family’s birthday. This is not milk; you’re not drinking this every day. If you are drinking this every day, sugar and calorie consumption may not be your biggest concern!
But to answer the question, sugar is the first ingredient just like it is for ice cream and soda and I don’t know what the calorie count is. And it’s real sugar and not corn syrup.
What Kind of Blender Do You Use?
I use a Kitchen Aid Diamond blender that you can get on amazon for about $115 or so. I recently saw a Ninja blender at Target for $100, but any blender that crushes ice will do. Remember, a full pack make 56 oz’s, so if your blender is smaller than that, make a half batch a time. Fill the blender up to the 28oz mark with ice; add ½ bottle wine and half the pack.
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Can I Use My Margarita Maker?
How Do I Run a Blender When I’m in the Middle of Nowhere? Camping? On My Boat? At a Jimmy Buffet Concert?
When I’m outdoors, I use a deep cycle marine battery (think car battery…in fact, when your car is nearby you could just use your car), and a DC to AC power inverter. I have a charger at home to re-charge the battery. If you are on the beach or your boat, there is a new cooler coming out called the coolest cooler that has a blender as part of the cooler.
What if I Don’t Have a Blender?
Use 2 ½ C of water instead of a blender full of ice if you are using the full package
Do I Use Crushed Ice?
Regular old ice cubes from your freezer are fine. Just make sure you have enough ice for all the batches you want to make. :) I haven't tried this yet, but making wine slushies with snow in the winter is an interesting idea worth exploring