Sugar and spice and all things ice! These game changers not only look amazing they taste even better. Dress your wine to impress this season with bespoke ice cubes, homemade ice buckets and quirky wine combinations.
Wine Ice Cubes – Recipe from Mon Cheri
Fresh sliced strawberries, Champagne or sparkling white wine, ice cube moulds or trays.
Fill the ice cube trays with the sliced strawberries and carefully pour the bubbles over the fruit into the trays. Freeze for about 4-6 hours or until solid enough to remove. They won’t freeze the way water would due to the alcohol, but will be solid enough to remove and use in drinks. Place cubes in glass and add Champagne.
Grapefruit & Sage Sparkling Cocktail – Recipe from Floating Kitchen
Ingredients: For the Simple Syrup – 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water & 2 bunches of fresh sage leaves.
For the Cocktails – Pink grapefruit juice, sage simple syrup, Angostura bitters, ice cubes, champagne or sparkling white wine, fresh sage leaves.
Make the simple syrup by combining the sugar and water over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture starts to simmer and the sugar is completely dissolved. Stir in the sage and cook for 30 seconds more. Then remove the saucepan from the heat and set it aside to cool. Once the simple syrup has cooled to room temperature, remove and discard the sage. Transfer the simple syrup to a clean re-sealable container and store it in your refrigerator until you are ready to use it.
To make a single cocktail, vigorously shake 6 tablespoons of pink grapefruit juice, 3 tablespoons of the sage simple syrup and 2-3 dashes of bitters in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass with fresh ice. Top with about 1/2 cup of champagne or sparkling white wine. Garnish with fresh sage leaves, if desired. Serve immediately. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can use a mason jar and strain the mixture using a fine mesh strainer.
Cherry & Wine Slushie – Recipe from Wines and Dishes
A bag of frozen dark cherries, ½ a bottle of red wine, ½ a cup of lemonade, ½ cup of orange juice, 1 tablespoon of sugar (or more to taste).
Combine the wine, cherries, lemonade, orange juice and sugar in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediatley in wine glasses or freeze to enjoy later.
DIY Ice Buckets – Recipe from The Chic Site
Various citrus fruits, berries, leaves, herbs etc.
Cut the tops off two 2 litres soft drink bottles, wash well and rmeove the labels and place your wine bottles inside the softdrink bottles. Fill the soft drink bottles with water around your wine bottles and place your decorations (cranberries, leaves, herbs, citrus fruit etc. ) in the water, packing them down firmly so they stay in place.
Place in the freezer overnight and remove just as your guests are about to arrive. Use a knife or scissors to cut the plastic mould and peel it away. Serve on a plate or board to catch the drips.
The Carousel thanks Tulloch Wine for those amazing recipes!