The Great Indoors: Wine slush a refreshing summer drinkLast week as I walked around the Downtown Fargo Street Fair, I noticed a big group of people standing around a booth near NP Avenue. My first assumption was it had to be the Fry Bread Tacos, but as I walked closer I saw people walking away with tiny cups of red slushy drinks. But they weren’t anything you could get at the 7 Eleven.
By: Tracy Briggs, INFORUM
Last week as I walked around the Downtown Fargo Street Fair, I noticed a big group of people standing around a booth near NP Avenue.
My first assumption was it had to be the Fry Bread Tacos, but as I walked closer I saw people walking away with tiny cups of red slushy drinks. But they weren’t anything you could get at the 7 Eleven.
The folks from D’Marie were passing out Frappe Vino’s, a frozen wine concoction. The street fair visitors, mostly women, swarmed like bees to honey.
“We usually do really well at events that attract mostly women,” says Dale Pedretti. “Every time we visit Fargo we get a lot of returning customers.”
Yeah, that’s how Fargo-Moorhead women roll.
In the interest of journalism I had to see for myself whether a frozen wine slush was really worth the effort. It’s tough to improve on a nice glass of wine on a summer day. But I gave it a shot.
It couldn’t have been much easier. I simply poured the frappe mix (it’s green tea based) into a gallon plastic bag. Then I poured a bottle of wine (I chose a Riesling) into the bag. I filled the empty bottle of wine with water and poured that into the bag as well. I sealed the bag and sloshed it around to make sure the ingredients were mixed.
I put the bag in the freezer for the recommended three to five hours. I liked the consistency it reached after about four hours. I’ve never had such a yummy slurpee, and I didn’t even have to use a blender. It’s pretty cool that with the added water and mix, it triples the number of servings in the wine bottle, too.
D’Marie’s Frappe Vino Slush mix is $13 for one mix. Considering the numbers of servings you get from one bottle of wine, it’s not a bad price when you look at how many party guests you could serve. You can order the slush mix at D’Marie’s website: http://dmarieinc.com. But it’s also pretty easy to make your own slush mix.
Homemade Wine Slush Mix
1 2/3 cups of sugar (less if you have a sweet wine)
1½ teaspoons citric acid (check in your grocery store’s canning or spice aisle)
¼ teaspoons matcha/green tea powder (often available in health food markets)
Combine the ingredients in a food processor or blender until it reaches a fine/powdery consistency. Put into a plastic bag until you’re ready to use it. When you’re ready to add the wine, you can follow the recipe I described earlier.
Here are a few other tips from D’Marie about wine slushes:
- 1. Don’t waste an expensive bottle of wine in a frozen drink. Sip and savor those. Inexpensive and fruity wines are great choices for slushes.
- 2. For easy handling, consider snipping the corner of the plastic bag and squeezing the slush into a pitcher to serve to guests.
- 3. Slushes are a good choice with a Mexican feast since they’re close to sangria.
- 4. For next Fourth of July, make 3 pitchers of slush using Merlot, Blueberry wine and Pinot Grigio. Red, white, blue drinks for everyone!
- 5. It’s not just for summer. Using cranberry wine is a nice option for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.
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