Turn old wine into red wine popsicles. After a party there are often myriad bottles of wine with a little bit left in the bottle. Or you may open a bottle of wine one night, and not have a chance to finish it the next night before it oxidizes. Taste it and if it is no longer drinkable but hasn’t turned to vinegar, turn it into this sweet grown-up treat by reducing the liquid and adding flavorings. If you don’t have popsicle molds, use small paper cups. If you can’t get popsicle sticks, large wooden skewers cut to size will work in a pinch.–Georgia Pellegrini
LC Why Not?! Note
Should red wine go to places heretofore only seen by sugary sweet things that you slurp rather than sip? Why not?! But please, not your best bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Red Wine Popsicles
- Quick Glance
- 20 M
- 8 H, 40 M
- Makes 10 popsicles
- 3 1/2 cups red wine (equivalent to one 750-milliliter bottle)
- 2-inch strip orange zest, preferably organic
- 4 cardamom pods, crushed
- 6 whole cloves
- 8 black peppercorns, crushed
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 cups water
- 1. Heat the wine, orange zest, cardamom, cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir, lower the heat, bring to a simmer, and reduce the liquid until you have 1 cup remaining, 15 to 20 minutes. Reducing it to this point is important because the freezing point of wine is lower than water, so the alcohol content must be cooked down or the popsicles won’t freeze.
- 2. Remove the pan from the heat and let the liquid cool for 20 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick.
- 3. Stir in the water. Carefully ladle the liquid into popsicle molds, place a popsicle stick in each one, and freeze overnight.