Red Wine Slushie

This is the drink for a Friday afternoon at the end of a long, hard week. (It’s also an excellent way to sneak alcohol into the movies. Just save your slushie cup. Not that I would ever do such an un-social-secretary-like thing.)

Red Wine Slushie

A red wine slushie is a fabulous party cocktail. I think that if you showed up at a summer party with a big Ziploc bag full of red wine slushie – because that is the best method by which to convey this drink – you would instantly become the most popular person there.

Red Wine Slushie

The other great thing about this recipe is how easy it is: it doesn’t require a slushie machine, or even crushed ice. You just mix up wine, sugar, lemon juice and water and pop it in the freezer – though you do need to allow ten hours for the slushie to freeze, so I recommend making it the night before you plan to drink it.  Don’t worry about over-freezing – it will melt down quickly, and then you can slide some into a cup, pop in a straw and let this frozen concoction melt your hard day away.

Red Wine Slushie

adapted from a recipe from Just Us Four Blog

Serves: 6 people

Prep Time: 5 minutes plus 10 hours freezing time


  • 1 bottle Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice, strained
  • 1 ¼ cups of sugar
  • 2 1-gallon Ziploc bags
  • 6 straws


  1. Combine sugar and lemon juice in a food processor and blend for 1 minute.
  2. Put one Ziploc bag inside the other, and pour the sugar, water, and wine into the bag. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Close both bags and freeze for 10 hours, or until slushy.
  4. Pour into a glass, add straw, and sip slowly.Red Wine Slushie
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