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Last Updated on April 20, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster
I remember (many years ago!) enjoying delicious Arbor Mist frozen wine cocktails during a summer BBQ. They were so delicious! With the weather finally warming up, I am craving frozen wine cocktails for refreshing splurge. I spent the weekend cleaning off the patio and can't wait to start relaxing out there and listening to the frogs in the pond! If you are wondering how to make frozen wine cocktails, I thought I would share a few tips. Check out my post on basic bar essentials before you host your next party.
Best Frozen Drink Makers for Slushies and Cocktails
If you want to learn how to make frozen wine cocktails that are incredibly smooth, you need a high powered blender. I use my Ninja kitchen system but you can get several different varieties. Here are a few you might consider for making frozen wine cocktails:
- Margaritaville Key West Frozen Concoction Maker Will shave the ice FOR you and all parts dishwasher safe.
- Ninja Master Prep BPA free and the pitcher comes with a storage lid
- CUSIBOX Vacuum Personal Blender Incredibly quiet with a very powerful motor.
How to Make Frozen Wine Cocktails
Years ago, I didn't really know how to make frozen wine cocktails and they turned out a bit wonky. I gave up for a while and used Arbor Mist frozen pouches. They were good, but you are limited as to the flavors you can make. If you want to go beyond the Arbor Mist frozen wine cocktails that you can buy in the store, here are a few tips for making homemade frozen wine cocktails:
Start with frozen fruit
You can buy your own fresh fruit and freeze it but honestly, I find it easier to buy large bags of frozen fruit at the grocery store. Using frozen fruit in blended cocktail recipes give it a much thicker consistency. Make sure pieces of fruit are small enough that your blender doesn't struggle to puree them!
Use crushed ice rather than chunks
Large chunks of ice are hard for blenders to crush. If you don't have a powerful blender, you may damage the motor with large cubes of ice. Start out with less ice than you think you will need. You can always add more once the blender has taken care of the first batch.
Add the liquid first
When making frozen wine cocktails, add the cold liquid FIRST, then follow that up with frozen fruit and ice. This keeps large chunks from freezing together at the bottom.
Blend slowly and not for too long
Don't just crank your blender up on high right away. To get that smooth but thick consistency like the Arbor mist frozen pouches, you need to start low and slow. THEN, speed things up. And don't over mix your frozen cocktails. If you do, they will end up thin and runny. If you need to adjust the recipe a bit, to so gradually. Add more ice or more wine as needed but in small amounts.
Serve them in chilled glasses
Frozen wine cocktails are going to melt but putting them in warm or even room temperature glasses makes this process go much faster. Chill your glasses for several hours before you need them to minimize melting.
Frozen Wine Cocktail Recipes
If you are looking for easy frozen wine cocktail recipes, Here are a few suggestions. If you prefer mocktails with no alcohol, you can replace the wine with juice, coconut water, etc.
- Frozen Strawberry Rose Slushie : Ultimate summer cocktail recipe and it only takes 4 ingredients to make!
- Sweet Ombre Wine Slushies by The 5 o'clock Chef
- Peach & Honey Sangria Slushie: Frozen wine cocktail recipe with white wine, orange liqueur, peach liqueur, fruit juice, honey and peaches.
- Merlot & Blackberry Wine Slushies: Use a sweet red wine like Port or Pinot Noir
Have any other tips on how to make frozen wine cocktails or are you still drinking arbor mist?
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.