How to Make Wine Popsicles

As hard as it may be to believe, there are times when a bottle of wine is left unfinished. Nobody likes to waste wine, yet what is one to do with the leftovers? There answer lies with your inner child and summers past: wine popsicles. As a kid, popsicles were the perfect way to unwind after a long day in the sun. Now that you’re all grown up, you can still treat your inner child while satisfying your adult taste buds. Whether you prefer white or red wine, fruit pop or ice cream, there is a wine pop for you:

Sauvignon Blanc- Infused Yellow Peach and Vanilla Ice Pops

Makes: 10 pops

What You Need:
3 to 4 baseball-sized ripe to over-ripe yellow peaches
4 ounces of organic dark cane sugar
4 fluid ounces of water
1 inch piece of vanilla bean, cut lengthwise
7 ounces of 2013 Charles B. Mitchell Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Popsicle mold tray

How to Make Them:

  1. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Gently heat while stirring until sugar dissolves.
  2. Remove from heat. Add vanilla bean and steep for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove bean and allow syrup to completely cool.
  4. Rinse and pat dry peaches, then with a paring knife, remove pits and stems.
  5. Lightly puree peaches, leaving some texture (this should result in about 16 fluid ounces).
  6. Combine puree with cooled vanilla syrup and 7 ounces of the Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, stirring well.
  7. Pour into popsicle molds, add sticks, and freeze until solid (about 6 hours).
  8. Remove from mold and serve, or put them in a ziplock bag for easy storage.

Cabernet Franc-Infused Blackberry Ice Pops

Makes: 10 pops

What You’ll Need:
~5 cups fresh, ripe blackberries (1.5 lbs)
4 ounces of organic dark cane sugar
4 fluid ounces of water
6-8 ounces of 2012 El Dorado Cabernet Franc
Popsicle mold tray

How to Make Them:

  1. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Gently heat while stirring until sugar dissolves. Cool completely.
  2. Rinse and dry blackberries. Lightly puree or mash blackberries producing ~16 fluid ounces.
  3. Add 6 ounces of cooled syrup and 6 ounces of Cabernet Franc to puree mixture and taste.
  4. Pour into popsicle molds, add sticks, and freeze until solid (about 6 hours).
  5. Remove from mold and serve, or put them in a ziplock bag for easy storage.

Red Wine Fudgesicles

Makes: 4-6 pops (depending on tray size)

What You’ll Need:
1 cup red wine
1 ½ cup dark chocolate chips
1 ½ cup milk
Popsicle mold tray

How to Make Them:

  1. In a small pot, simmer the wine over medium-low heat for 12-18 minutes, allowing it to reduce.
  2. Remove from heat and whisk in chocolate until completely melted.
  3. Stir in milk.
  4. Pour into popsicle tray and freeze overnight.

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