Yes, friends, your eyes do not deceive you: Vanilla Berry Pinot Noir Slushies! Aka, wine slushies, aka the adult version of a slurpee, and maybe the best thing to make on a hot evening sitting poolside. Or maybe just the best thing to make any day you want a little adult beverage that hearkens back to those days spent running through the sprinklers and scrounging up enough change to walk down to the corner store and buy yourself a frozen treat that would 100% lead to an epic brain freeze. Except, you don’t have to search the couch cushions for change and you get to blitz these guys up at home.
I made these a few days before I took Casper on a short solo flight to visit family and I’ve been thinking of them since. Between a toddler who did not appreciate the stay-seated-and-buckled directive and the dude-who-would-not-stop-talking behind me, I wish I had one of these on the plane ride with me! Alas, I did not, but you can have a batch of these whipped up with just a handful of ingredients and a little freezer time. You start by freezing a bottle of whatever (cheap) pinot noir you’d be happy to drink in ice cube trays, then throw a handful of them into a blender along with some berries, a little sugar, and a squeeze of bright lime. Then blitz, pour, and drink! So easy, so good, and definitely worth the potential brain freeze. Cheers!!
- 1 bottle pinot noir
- 2 cups fresh or frozen berries of you choice
- 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- Pour the pinot noir into ice cube trays and freeze for several hours until firm.
- Once your pinot noir cubes are frozen, place 2 cups of the cubes into a high-powered blender, along with the berries, the scrapings from the vanilla bean, sugar, and lime juice. Blitz in the blender until smooth and well combined. Add a splash of water as needed to loosen up the mixture. Serve in glasses with additional berries and lime wedges for garnish.
Use any combination of berries you like! I used mostly boysenberries (type of blackberry hybrid) and a few strawberries here.
You won't need all the pinot noir cubes for this recipe, but you'll have leftovers to make another batch later!