A blistering hot day has no beginning, middle, or end. Morning heat slides into afternoon heat which fades into evening heat. There’s no escaping it, so look for cool relief. How about a slushy cold drink? Something so light and refreshing that you’ll forget it’s over 100° F outside. Needing only three ingredients and a little freezer-time, you’ll be sipping this slushy fruit beverage before you can master this Japanese tongue twister: sumomo mo momo, momo mo momo, sumomo mo momo mo momo no uchi! Translated into English it means: a plum is also a peach, a peach is also a peach, both plums and peaches are types of peaches!
Moscato Peach Wine Slushies
Divas Can Cook
1 bottle Moscato wine (750 ml), plus more for blending
2 cups frozen peaches (unsweetened)
1/2 cup powdered sugar (can cut back, but it needs to be pretty sweet)
1. Add frozen peaches, sugar and a few splashes of Moscato to food processor or blender.
2. Blend until completely smooth.
3. Pour the rest of the Moscato and blend until incorporated.
4. Quickly pour the mixture into ice cube trays. (Stir mixture if peaches begin to settle on the bottom.)
6. Just before serving, place frozen cubes in a blender. (I never measure them out. I just toss a handful in and add more if I need it.)
7. Add a splash of wine to make blending easier.
8. Blend until slush consistency, adding a splash of wine to thin out if needed.
9. Pour into wine glasses, add a straw (if desired) and serve immediately.
10. Garnish with fresh fruit like strawberries and peach slices.
You’ll need to add a few splashes of wine to the frozen ice cubes for blending. You can reserve a small amount of wine or just use some wine from another bottle, which is what I do.
ADD ice! If you like for your slushies to have those tiny little ice chips, then throw in a few ice cubes and a little bit more wine.
1. I chilled the wine glasses in the freezer prior to serving to give them a frosty finish.
2. Purchasing an extra bag of frozen peaches, I used some of the frozen peach slices for garnish. They served both an aesthetic and functional purpose – making the drink pleasing to the eye and keeping the drink cold a little bit longer.
3. This is a great recipe to experiment with other fruit flavor combinations.
4. Because of the alcohol content, the frozen fruit cubes will not freeze ice-hard. To make ahead, you can freeze your fruit mixture in the ice cube trays and then pop them out and put them in zip-type plastic bags. Recognize that the cubes are soft, so don’t pile stuff on top of them in the freezer. Alternatively, you can leave the mixture in the ice cube trays until needed. You may need to buy a few more trays to do the latter.