Watermelon Grapefruit Wine Slush
Take your bottle of Riesling to the next level with this recipe for a Watermelon Grapefruit Wine Slush. It’s the backyard BBQ drink of the summer.
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Watermelon Grapefruit Wine Slush
On a scorching hot summer afternoon do you ever get an intense craving for a Sonic slush? The perfect mix of fruit flavors and ice that is just right to cool you down. I’ll admit I get those cravings all the time, but I can’t always justify breaking in the middle of the day to drive 15 minutes to the closest one.
So, what’s a girl to do right? The only way to set this right was to create my own slush I could enjoy anytime. Since I’m running the show here, not sonic, I decided why not add a little wine and make it an essential summer cocktail!
It’s officially time to ditch the kiddy drinks and booze it up with this Watermelon Grapefruit Wine Slush. Hold on to your socks ladies and gents because they’re about to be knocked off!
What’s In A Watermelon Grapefruit Wine Slush?
What makes this so great, huh? I’ll let you in on a little secret that takes this recipe to the next level. Its the Sparkling Grapefruit Izze that’s poured over the wine mixture. It adds a touch of fizzy grapefruit flavor, without overpowering the watermelon and wine.
The recipe also is full of fresh watermelon making it ridiculously refreshing! Since we have two sweet fruit flavors in this slush I decided to go with a semi-dry wine, like a Riesling. It leaves you with a subtlely sweet drink, and not one that’s going to give you an extreme sugar rush.
Tips for the Perfect Wine Slush
- Instead of a ziplock bag, freeze wine juice in ice cube trays. When ready to enjoy, add about 6 ice cubes to blender and process until smooth. Pour into glass and add sparkling grapefruit juice.
- When it comes to picking a bottle of wine you’ll want to choose a light-bodied white wine that’s slightly sweet, such as Riesling, Pinot Grigio, or Moscato.
- Make sure to strain the blended watermelon before freezing it. It will help catch any pulp or seeds.
Can I Save Some For Later?
Of course, you can! This is actually the perfect drink to save for later. If you make the whole recipe and decide you only want one glass, no problem!
After the initial freeze time, just spoon out as much as you want and store the rest in the freezer for up to 2 months. I just keep mine in the ziplock bag, but you could also put it in an airtight container.
A Non-Alcoholic Version
To make this non-alcoholic just one main step need to be changed. In place of the wine, pour the sparkling grapefruit into the blender with the watermelon instead of pouring it on top before serving.
You can always still add more grapefruit juice before serving still for an extra punch of grapefruit.
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How to Serve A Wine Slush
Watermelon Grapefruit Wine Slushes are made to be a great party cocktail. The beauty of them is that there’s no ice or water to dilute the flavors. If the mixture melts it will just me the icy wine and watermelon turning to liquid. No more chugging your drink in fear of a watered-down disaster!
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Summer’s Perfect Sparkling Cocktail
The fizz, the watermelon, the grapefruit, the wine… What’s not to love about this frozen cocktail? It has all of summer’s best things blended into one refreshing drink.
If you try it be sure to tell me what you think in the comments and let me know if you try it with any other fruits or Izze combinations!
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- 1/2 a small seedless watermelon
- 1 (750 ml) bottle of Reisling
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- pinch of salt
- sparkling grapefruit juice (I used Izze)
- mint leaves (optional garnish)
- Add watermelon to food processor or blender and process until smooth. Pour the blended fruit through a strainer to catch pulp and seeds.
- Add wine, lemon juice, and salt to strained watermelon juice and stir until well blended.
- Pour wine juice into a gallon freezer bag and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- When ready to serve, spoon the watermelon wine slush into wine glasses, filling about 3/4 full. Pour in sparkling grapefruit juice and stir. Serve with a mint leaf.
OPTIONAL: freeze wine juice in ice cube trays. When ready to enjoy, add about 6 ice cubes to blender and process until smooth. Pour into glass and add sparkling grapefruit juice.