For all of the wine connoisseurs reading this, my apologies in advance. This idea ranks among most “kichy” I have come across and yet, I am curious to try this at home. Call it an upscale version of vodka jello from our college days, or, if you can open your mind past the images of decanters and wine pairings, just maybe you might consider trying this with some of that sangria you have or “a less than stellar bottle of chardonnay” that you are not so fond of. What is it? Well, it’s a wine popsicle made from wine, poured into popsicle moulds and placed in the freezer. Now, this is an adult treat for the light hearted, placed in the freezer separately from your kid’s lemonade or freezies and not to be mixed up, else the results will vary. After hearing quite a lot about, “People’s Pops”, a homegrown company out of Brooklyn, NY started by an idea for a farmer’s market stand, I have to admit that I was intrigued and inspired. People’s pops is a store, a book and a site all about using fresh local fruits, and wine to make icy pops.
Having tried mulled wine at several holiday parties over the years, the idea of freezing seemed enticing. It can really be a great way to use wine that you are less than “in love with” without “re-gifting” it back to the person who gave it to you. For the full effect, you can pour from the bottle to the mould, or make a sangria and try that into popsicle moulds instead. Either way, these icy treats can make for a nice after dinner “drink” on the porch or patio that is sure to keep you cool with a buzz.
Best Sangria Popsicle Recipe (courtesy www.spain-recipes.com)
Makes 4 glasses or 4 popsicles
Preparation time: 10 minutes
- 3 1/4 cups ( 26 fl. oz) dry red wine
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- Juice of 1 large orange
- Juice of 1 large lemon
- 1 large orange, sliced thin crosswise
- 1 large lemon, sliced thin crosswise
- 2 medium peaches, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks
- 1 cup (8 fl. oz) club soda
Sangria: Combine all the ingredients except for the club soda in a large punch bowl or serving pitcher, mixing well. Refrigerate overnight. Immediately before serving, mix in the club soda for added fizz. Ladle into cups with ice cubes.
Popsicles: After mixing all ingredients in the punch bowl, add club soda immediately and pour into popsicle moulds. Freeze for 4-6 at a minimum and serve right out of the freezer.
Photo Credit: Glass of Win (Flickr)
Note: Popsicle moulds also available at amazon.com. I am not advertising for amazon, I just find that they have items that can be difficult to locate.