Many of us will remember enjoying slushies when we were kids. There was nothing better on a hot summer’s day than having a freezing cold drink to cool us down. However, now that we’re grown-up, we may want more than flavored ice. Don’t worry, we are here to help. We have got together a list of 20 slushie recipes that include wine and sometimes even a shot of liquor. We’re sure that many of these will make the summer evenings more enjoyable.
1 – Strawberry Wine Slushie
To start with, we have a simple recipe that will take minutes to prepare and give you a delicious and refreshing drink. Take a bottle of white wine like sweet Riesling and put it in a blender with 2 cups of frozen strawberries. You can use a drier white wine if you prefer a less sweet slushie. Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc are good choices. Add a cup of ice cubes to the blender and then blitz. If you want an extra kick, add a shot or two of orange liquor near the end of the blending process. Triple Sec, Cointreau, and Grand Marnier are all good choices. Pour the liquid into wine glasses and decorate the glasses with a strawberry.
2 – Mixed Berry Wine Slushie
If you prefer red wine, try this slushie. It is fruity and rich and very moreish. For this recipe, take 2 cups of frozen mixed berries such as blackberries, blackcurrants, raspberries, and redcurrants. All of these will give your slushie an unusually sweet and tart taste at the same time. Then you will need a 750 ml bottle of a light and fruity red wine such as Gamay or Pinot Noir and a 6 oz of ginger ale. Put everything in a blender and whizz until smooth. Put the mixture in the freezer for between 4 and 6 hours. Then, when ready to serve, break the mixture up with a fork and pour it into glasses. Decorate with berries.
3 – Peach Moscato Wine Slushie
This slushie is sweet and lush. It only needs three ingredients, a bottle of sweet Moscato wine, a 16 oz bag of frozen peaches, and as much confectioner’s sugar as you want, depending on how sweet you want the drink to be. If you don’t want a very sweet slushie, you can use a drier white wine such as Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc. Blend these ingredients together and then put the mixture in the slots of an ice cube tray. Freeze. When they have frozen, put the cubes in a Ziploc freezer bag and put the bag in the freezer. You can then take out as many cubes as you want when you want to make a slushie. You will want some more wine to make the slushie. Use a cup of wine to 10 cubes and blend.
4 – Popsicle Slushie
This is the easiest method of all and takes no time at all. All you need are some frozen fruit popsicles and wine. Put one or two popsicles in a glass, pour in some wine, and mix well until the popsicles start to melt. That’s it. You can buy any fruit juice popsicles and choose the color of wine you prefer. Berries, for example, go well with red wine, while tropical fruits are a good match for white wine.
5 – Blueberry and Peach Layered Wine Slushie
This is an attractive slushie and will be a hit at any gathering. It is composed of two layers that you make separately. First, make the blueberry layer. Blend one cup of blueberries with ½ cup of blueberry wine. If you can’t find blueberry wine, use a light and fruity red wine such as Pinot Noir. Put this mixture in the bottom of a couple of glasses. Wash out the blender and then put in one cup of frozen peaches with ¾ cup of peach wine. Blend and put the mixture on top of the blue layers. If you can’t find peach wine, use a sweet white wine such as sweet Riesling. You can increase the portions if you have a crowd. If you want a little more kick, you can add a shot of peach Schnapps to the peach layer.
6 – Strawberry and Grape Wine Slushie
This is the perfect refreshing choice for a summer’s day. Blend together 1 ½ cups of frozen strawberries, 1 ½ cups of frozen seedless grapes, and 2 cups of sweet white wine like sweet Riesling or, alternatively, a sweet rose, for example, Grenache rose. If you don’t want the drink to be too sweet, you can use a drier wine like Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. Blend them all together and serve garnished with a strawberry. If you want a thicker slushie, reduce the wine to 1 and ½ cups.
7 – Tropical Wine Slushie
What better drink to make you imagine that you are on vacation on a beautiful Caribbean island? To make it, you need a 750 ml bottle of white wine. We would choose a sweeter wine but it is totally up to you. If you prefer a less sweet slushie, go for a Sauvignon Blanc. In addition to the wine, you will need 1 ½ cups of frozen mango, 1 ½ cups of frozen pineapple, ½ cups of pineapple juice, and for an extra kick, 1 cup of coconut rum such as Malibu. You could use other tropical fruits, for example, papaya, banana, or kiwi. Put all the ingredients in a blender and whizz. If you find that the mixture is too thin, you can add some extra frozen fruit or ice cubes. If it is too thick, add more pineapple juice or rum, depending on how alcoholic you want the drink to be.
8 – Strawberry Wine Slushie
Strawberries are a very popular ingredient in a slushie but this is different from the first one we described. It has 6 ingredients and has a bit of a fizz to it, making it seem more celebratory. To make the drink, blend together ⅓ cup of the white wine of your choice, ¼ cup of Sprite or a similar lemonade, 4 cups of ice, 3 tablespoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons of lime juice, and 1 cup of frozen strawberries. If you want it sweeter, add more sugar. If you want more fizz, you could use a sparkling wine such as Asti Spumante. Garnish with a strawberry.
9 – Watermelon Wine Slushie
If you are looking for a healthy but still tasty and refreshing wine slushie, try this one It doesn’t even have added sugar but, of course, this is totally up to you and if you do want a sweeter drink, you can add some. Watermelon is packed full of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, and potassium so you don’t need to feel guilty indulging in a little wine. There are just 3 ingredients that you need to make this slushie; 7 cups of watermelon, a 750 ml bottle of white wine, and 2 cups of ice cubes. A crisp Pinot Grigio works well as it isn’t too sweet. Alternatives are Sauvignon Blanc, a dry Riesling, or even Chardonnay. If you want to add some sparkle to the drink and make it celebratory, you could use Prosecco or another dry sparkling wine. However, if you are using sparkling wine, don’t add it all to the blender in one go. Just pour in enough to break down the ice and the fruit. When the mixture is smooth, add the rest of the wine and blitz once or twice. Don’t do it any more than this otherwise, you risk losing all its bubbles.
10 – Raspberry and Peach Wine Slushie
Raspberries are a lovely change from strawberries and can also be matched with peaches. They give a tart edge to the sweet peaches. To make this slushie, you will first have to make a simple syrup which isn’t difficult at all. Put 1 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil using medium to high heat. Simmer until the sugar has dissolved and keep stirring. Leave it to cool completely as you don’t want to put anything warm into your slushie. Then get 2 cups of white wine. A Pinot Grigio works well if you want a less sweet slushie. If you would prefer it to be sweeter, choose Moscato. Either white or rose is fine, whichever you prefer. Put the wine in a blender with 1 ½ cups of frozen raspberries, 1 ½ cups of frozen peaches, 1 cup of ice, and 1 oz of simple syrup. Whizz it all up. You can add more simple syrup if you want a sweeter drink. Decorate with raspberries and peach slices.
11 – Pineapple Basil White Wine Slushie
Pineapple and basil might be a strange combination but they do pair well. The basil adds a herbaceous freshness to the sweetness of the pineapple. To make this slushie, blend together 1 ½ cups of frozen pineapple. ¾ cup of dry white wine such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc, ½ cup of ice, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and basil leaves. How many basil leaves you put in is up to personal taste and how herbaceous you want the drink to be. You can also add more or less sugar. Remember though that pineapple is a very sweet fruit. You can decorate the glass with a slice of pineapple.
12 – Raspberry Red Wine Slushie
We seem to have focused mainly on white wine slushies so let’s take a look at an exciting red wine cocktail made with raspberries. It even looks stunning and has a kick to it. To make one slushie, blend together 6 oz of red wine, 2 oz of raspberry vodka, 1 cup of frozen raspberries, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and ½ cup of ice. Because the raspberries are tart, choose a sweeter red wine. A sparkling red is a good choice. Go for an Italian wine like Lambrusco or Brachetto d’Acqui. If you like tartness, you could choose a dry red wine such as Gamay or Beaujolais Nouveau, both of which are fruit-forward.
13 – Caramel Apple Wine Slushie
Now, if you are looking for a slushie that’s out of the ordinary, this is the one to try. It has a rich flavor and is boozy, ideal after a long hard week at work. You will need a 750 ml bottle of white wine. Pinot Grigio is a good choice as it’s not too sweet and therefore complements the other ingredients. Put the wine in the slots of ice cube trays and freeze. When frozen, blend with 2 cups of apple cider, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 2 oz of caramel vodka, and 2 oz of apple Schnapps or brandy. If you want an extra kick, you can add a bit more vodka or apple liquor.
14 – Friesling Wine Slushie
This slushie has a lovely floral aroma and taste because of the elderflower. To make the drink, freeze half a bottle of elderflower cordial in the slots of an ice cube tray. When frozen, blend the cubes with a 750 ml bottle of sweet Riesling, ½ bottle of dry Vermouth, 1 oz of sugar syrup, and some mint leaves. This slushie oozes summer.
15 – Lemon Rose Slushie
This slushie is a delicious combination of tart, sweet, and refreshing. It’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. To make it, you need a 750 ml bottle of a dry rose such as Pink Grenache, 1 cup of lemonade, ½ cup of rose syrup, and the zest of a lemon. First, make the rose syrup. Put ½ cup of dry rose wine and ½ cup of sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer gently until the sugar dissolves, stirring continually. Leave to cool completely. Freeze the bottle of rose in the slots of ice cube trays. When they have frozen, blend the cubes with the rose syrup, lemonade, and lemon zest and serve immediately.
16 – Peach Melba Freeze
This is another slushie that combines the sweet and the tangy. It combines the lusciousness of peaches with tart raspberries. To make it, you need a 750 ml bottle of Pinot Noir Rose or Grenache Rose, 16 oz of frozen raspberries, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, ½ teaspoon of vanilla paste, and 8 oz fresh raspberries. If you want it sweeter, you can add honey or agave nectar. Blend the wine with the frozen peach slices, the lemon juice, and the vanilla paste. When it is smooth remove 3 cups and put this in the freezer. Then blend the raspberries with the remaining puree and put this in the freezer. After half an hour you can take them out and then layer them in wine glasses. They look pretty and taste delicious. It’s definitely a drink for entertaining.
17 – Frozen Sangria Wine Slushie
Sangria reminds you of holidays in Spain and perhaps you have made it at home, so why not make a Sangria slushie? It will be a little tangy, fruit-forward, and, best of all, it’s boozy. You can make a big punch bowl so everyone can help themselves. To make it, you will need a 750 ml bottle of red wine. Of course, you can make lots more for a party so you can just increase the quantities. The best choices of wine are Grenache and Rioja as both are fruity. First of all, freeze some of the wine in the slots of an ice cube tray. One large tray should be enough. Once they have frozen, put the cubes in a blender, together with the rest of the wine, which should be chilled, 1 ½ cups of peaches, ½ cup of strawberries, ⅓ cup of Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or Triple Se, ½ cup of orange juice, and 3 tablespoons of agave nectar. Blend and then serve with sliced oranges and apples for garnish. Your friends will be coming back for more.
18 – Blackberry and Ginger Wine Slushie
If you want a bit of a kick but without adding liquor, this is the slushie for you. You need 3 cups of frozen blackberries, 1 cup of white wine such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc, and 12 oz of ginger ale. Blend the frozen blackberries with the wine and then freeze this for a few hours. When it has frozen, put it into wine glasses and top them with the cold ginger ale. The ginger ale will turn the ice to slush.
19 – Cherry Vanilla Wine Slushie
This is a decadent and sweet slushie to spoil yourself with. You need a 16 oz bag of frozen pitted sweet cherries, a chilled light and fruity white wine, and ¼ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. The best wine to use is Moscato or Riesling. Put everything in the blender and whizz up. If you want it a bit thicker, you can put it into the freezer for an hour or so and then enjoy.
20 – Strawberry Vodka and Wine Slushie
Are you looking for a slushie that is a little more potent? If so, this is the one for you. Take a bottle of sweet and fruity white wine and pour it into the slots of ice cube trays. Once the wine has frozen, put the cubes in a blender, together with 120 ml of strawberry vodka. 1.5 ml lemon juice, and a splash of simple syrup. When smooth, add 1 cup of frozen strawberries and pulse a couple of times. Garnish with a strawberry.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hopefully, you are now excited about making wine slushies and that our recipes have inspired you. However, if you are still curious, we have answered a few questions here.
What is the best wine to use in a slushie?
You can use whatever wine you want to suit your taste. However, light and fruity wines work well, such as the white wines Moscato, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc, and the red wines, Grenache and Pinot Noir. Rose wine works well and sparkling wine gives the slushie a celebratory feel. Just remember that if you choose a very sweet wine, it will become sweeter when mixed with the fruit but again, this could be to your taste.
For How Long Do Slushies Last in the Freezer?
You can store slushies in the freezer for between two and three months. It is a good idea to add some neutral spirit to them to stop them from solidifying as pure liquor doesn’t freeze. When you are ready to enjoy your slushies, put the mixture in a blender and whizz until it starts to break up. Because you have added a spirit, add a bit more wine to get the taste you want. Remember that it might be a bit boozier because of the added liquor.
What should I store the slushies in?
The best thing to store your slushies in are plastic sealable freezer bags. It makes it easy for you to squeeze them out when you want a drink. You can also use sealable freezer-safe containers but then you have to scrape out the mixture.
We hope that you will enjoy some of the slushies we have talked about. They are a great drink to have on a hot summer’s day and most ingredients are easily found in your local store.