Homemade Wine Slush Mix
(Updated with more info and all new photos on 9/6/2020)
If you’ve ever been to a large trade show, home show, or - in our case this weekend, a Food and Wine show... chances are, you’ve seen a booth hawking wine slushie mixes. “Frappe Vino”, “Wine Slush”, “Party Slush Mix”, “Cocktail Slush Mix”, “Vino Slush”... there are a bunch of companies offering it, and names being given to it!
The samples are so good, it’s easy to drop the $12 or so for the 12 oz baggie of powdered mix. Trust me, we’ve done so... twice. That second time, I took a look at the ingredients and almost had a heart attack. I couldn’t believe what I’d just paid so MUCH for!
I was reminded of that this weekend, as the D’Marie company was once again set up with their wonderful wine slush. While we all loved the slush, I decided that I would set about to “reverse engineer” it. Cue jokes about “Dis Marie” bastardizing “Dat Marie’s” recipe...
Anyway... between the ingredient listing, listed weight, nutritional info, and the unused second bag sitting in our liquor cabinet... I didn’t figure it would be hard to do.
It wasn’t. 🙂
The ingredients are simple, and the technique is one of those “so simple, it shouldn’t be considered an actual recipe” deals. You, too, can make homemade wine slush mix at home! While matcha powder isn’t cheap, this recipe doesn’t take much at all - your homemade wine slush mix should cost less than $1.50/batch!
Oh, and that Czar of cakes competition? I won! Click here for photos of my cake entry.
Homemade Wine Slush Mix Ingredients
The wine is what provides the bulk of the flavour in this, so choose wisely.
Unlike many recipe ingredients, though, this one isn’t “you get what you pay for” - I actually find that the cheaper wines make for better slushes!
Once you add a ton of sugar to a more expensive wine, it’s not going to taste anything like it started out, so paying more for it is a waste. Additionally, they tend to have a higher tannin content, which - IMHO - doesn’t work as well with wine slushies.
Seriously, get yourself some Boone’s Farm, Arbor Mist, or any of those other fruity cheap wines. They were made to be sweet, and the fruitiness works well with being a summery wine slushie.
The “Sangria” type and anything tropical themed are usually my favourites. Their flavour profiles just really work well for frosty glasses of wine slushies!
You’ll want to use a plain granulated sugar for this, as it’s the most neutral in flavour. Brown sugar, etc bring that molasses flavour to the homemaed wine slush mix - it’s too heavy for a fruity Wine Slushie.
Well if you haven’t bought some, what are you waiting for? Cheese and wine slushies aren’t the only cool things you can do with it - more citric acid recipes are coming!
Matcha powder is included just to make this a faithful copy of the original D’Marie Frozen Wine and Cocktail Slush mix, but honestly... if you don’t have it on hand, I’d just skip it.
While it adds a little flavour to the mix itself, it doesn’t really bring much to the final slush, especially if you chose something fruity and flavourful.
Honestly, I think they just added it so it was less obvious that they’re selling you a bag of sugar.
Cranberry or Beet Juice Powder
The source material had a very small amount of beet juice powder in it, "for colour", and now uses cranberry juice colour for the same. Not only did it not add anything visually to the final slush (when used with white wine), it didn't add anything in terms of flavour. Therefore, I omitted it from my recipe.
Much like with the matcha, I think it was just there to dress it up a bit and make it less "here's a $12 bag of sugar".
How to Make Homemade Wine Slush Mix
I feel silly having this as its own section, as it’s so easy - you measure the ingredients into a food processor, and let it rip until it’s a finer powder.
Also: The use of the food processor makes the sugar dissolve faster into the wine... but this Homemade wine slush mix works even if you don’t process it down.
If you don’t have a food processor, just mix the ingredients together and bag it until use. When you do use it, put another minute or so into mixing it, just to give it more chance for the larger sugar granules to dissolve.
Homemade Wine Slush Mix Variations
”Sangria Slush” mix:
Measure sugar and citric acid into food processor (skip the matcha powder). Zest one orange, one lemon, and one lime on top of the measured ingredients before processing.
Flavoured Wine Slushie Mixes - Oils & Extracts:
Measure sugar and citric acid into food processor (skip the matcha powder). Add flavoring of your choice: About 1 tsp of flavor extract, or ½ tsp of a flavor oil will do it, but feel free to flavor to your taste.
Process as directed above. Spread mixture out on a cookie sheet and allow to dry for about an hour. Run dried mixture through the food processor to break up any dried clumps you may have, then store per main recipe.
When it comes to extracts or flavor oils, you can have fun with it, but you will want to label the flavor if giving it as a gift. Also, consider the wine to be used. Generally speaking, white wines will work better with flavored mixes than red will.
As an example, banana extract would make a fun slush, but would definitely be better with a white wine. Also, peach flavor oil, combined with a champagne would be very tasty - like a frozen peach bellini!
Flavoured Wine Slushie Mixes - Dried Fruit & powder:
If you happen to have any freeze dried strawberries - or blueberries, raspberries, etc - you can crush some and throw a Tbsp or two of the powder into the mix. This works particularly well with white wines.
Note: You’ll want to use freeze dried fruit, rather than conventionally dried fruit. Freeze dried fruit easily breaks down to a fine powder, while conventionally dried fruit - usually - does not.
You can buy powder that was made from freeze dried fruit, and save yourself a step!
Powder made from freeze dried fruit (rather than artificial drink mix powder, flavoured gelatin powder, etc) is actually available in several varieties, and is a fun thing to keep on hand. I like to buy them from nuts.com, who has an entire section of Fruit Powders .
While not all of them would be great in wine slushies - Date powder or apple cider vinegar powder, for instance - many of them would be *fantastic*. Dragon fruit, cherry, mango...
How to Make Homemade Wine Slush
Pour 1 batch of mix into a 1 gallon freezer bag (or large bowl). Add 1 750 ml bottle of wine, and 3 cups of water. Stir/shake well. Freeze for about 3 hours before serving in glasses of your choice.
(I like to freeze the mixture for a bit longer, stirring/shaking every 30 minutes or so, to produce a finer grained sorbet style dessert, pictured.)
A Note on Ice Crystals
As you made notice from our photos, the ice crystals in our wine slush are larger than the ice crystals in the wine slushie mix you get as samples at those trade shows, or when you buy the drink ready-made at restaurants.
That’s a matter of preparation, NOT the mix itself.
When you’re making the mix as instructed on the bag - which is how we also suggest on this post! - you don’t need any special equipment, and it’s not super labour intensive.
However, the resting freezing does allow larger ice crystals to form, than commercial means of freezing does. Those Slurpee type machines you see in restaurants and at the trade shows? That’s the key to a fine ice crystal.
SO, if you have a home daiquiri / slush machine, you can use it with this mix to get the finer ice crystal structure - just follow the manufacturer directions on the machine!
Homemade Wine Slush Mix As a Gift
Homemade Wine Slushie Mix makes a casual, fun gift for all kinds of occasions. Bring it as a host / hostess gift, wrap it up for birthdays, use it as an adult stocking stuffer!
To make a gift out of your Homemade Wine Slush Mix:
Package 1 batch of mix into a clear craft/goodie baggie, push most of the air out, and tie with a twist tie.
Place in a gift bag - the ones pictured took about 5 minutes to sew! - tie with a pretty bow.
Print the above directions (“How to make homemade wine slush”) onto a pretty card and attach to the baggie or ribbon.
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If you like this recipe, you’ll love my first cookbook, The Spirited Baker. It’s FULL of fun, tasty recipes using spirits and liqueurs for flavour – you should check it out!
On to that recipe!