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Beat the Heat with Winesicles

We’ve still got a long way to go before Labor Day, folks. Heat has decided to summer in your backyard this year, and you just have to make do. So why not combine relaxation and refreshment when you’re looking to cool down? I’m talking about none other than winesicles — or drunksicles, depending on how many you have. In case the portmanteau isn’t abundantly clear, I’m suggesting enjoying fine wine in the form of a delicious ice pop. Now before all the skeptics chime in, think about all of the amazing wine sorbets being made these days. Just consider a winesicle as wine sorbet on a stick! Sure, you could use a cheap jug of wine for these, but if you’re making yourself a treat why not use one you’ll enjoy? Shhh, just agree, you know I’m right.

Luckily, winesicles are fairly easy to make and extremely satisfying to consume.  To get you inspired, I’ve compiled a few of my favorite recipes from the web. None of the recipes actually had titles, but I took a few artistic liberties to help you decide which one is best for you.

The Easy-Peasy 

From The Home Vintner, this recipe is so minimal it calls for only four ingredients. I suggest a bold, fruity Zinfandel for the wine to ensure this won’t be your average ice pop. Here’s the recipe created by their customer, Dave Koop.

1 tsp. Gelatin

4 tbsp. Sugar

1/4 tsp. Ascorbic Acid

1 c. boiling wine

1 c. cold wine

Combine these and stir to dissolve, then stir in 1 cup cold wine. Pour into Popsicle molds – freeze and enjoy!

The Spicy Cocktail

This recipe from Foodista brings berries, spices and a dash of lemon zest into the mix. There are almost enough healthy ingredients to classify this winesicle as nutritionally valuable. In fact, go ahead – we won’t tell.

1 c. Red Wine

1/4th to 1/3rd c. Sugar

1 Cinnamon Stick

4 Whole Cloves

1 Star Anise

6 Allspice Berries

1 piece Lemon Peel

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, turn down the heat and simmer for at leave five minutes. Turn off the heat. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes. Strain out the solids and pour into Popsicle molds.

The Sophisticate

From Bakers Royale, this classy recipe for fig and clementine port wine ice pop will have you lifting a pinky while you grip the stick.

2 c. of Port Wine (or any dry fruity variety will work)

2 lbs. Clementine Tangerines

1 1/2 lb Figs

1/4 c. Honey

1. Place wine, clementine tangerines, figs and honey in a food processor or blender and process or blend until pureed, about 1-2 minutes. Pour mixture through a medium strainer.

2. Pour strained mixture into popsicle forms and freeze for about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.

These are some of my favorite recipes available out there on the Internet. But summer is nowhere near done, so I’m always looking for more ideas. If you have a favorite winesicle please don’t hesitate to share it – I’m all sticks. And by sticks, I mean ears. I’ll try to relax on the bad jokes and stick to sharing good recipes.

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