We’ve all heard of dessert wines, but what about wine as dessert? I’ve found a couple of tantalizing recipes which should make any wine lover drool. They are all creative uses of wine to create a dessert. Let’s start with the first one, the wine ice cream float. All you need is vanilla ice cream, a bottle of fruity red wine, sparkling water and some cherries. First pick out a tall glass and put it in the freezer to keep the ice cream cool once it’s added. Then when ready, fill the glass with 2/3 vanilla ice cream, then add equal parts of wine and sparkling water and then top with some whipped cream and a cherry. Yumbola!
Here’s another creative gem: floral ice cubes. Fill your ice tray with water, place edible flowers in each cube, freeze and then use as accompaniment to any white wine drink. Come to think of it: why not just use wine instead of water so when the cube melts, it won’t dilute the drink.
There’s no limit here to your ingenuity; how about wine popsicles? Simple as pie: take some fruit, like fresh sliced peaches, raspberries and blueberries, sugar, some distilled grain spirits, a semi-sweet white wine like a moscato for its fragrance, put everything into a blender and hit purée. Then pour the liquid into popsicle molds and freeze.
Here’s another really simple wine-as-dessert recipe: a wine slushie. Take some of that moscato (if you have any leftover) and add some red fruits like raspberries and strawberries and put in a blender to make a slurry. Put it in the freezer and scoop out into a dish and slurp it up.
And one of my all-time favorites: frozen grapes. All you need are seedless grapes, any color, pop them in the freezer and when ready to eat, sprinkle some sugar and go to town.
And there you have it: wine as dessert.