Wine ice cubes are always better than normal cubes of frozen water. Especially when it’s 6:45 pm, and we have friends stopping by and I’m rushing to figure out what new drink to serve them. A glass of summer red with a sangria ice cube inside is always a hit!
I’ve come to view ice more like a frozen canvas to create on, rather than just water in a solid state. Mold it into shape… maybe? Glitter it… definitely! Or create an entire summer balloon party around it. There is so much fun to be had with ice. These summer wine ice cubes will refresh and revive summer giving us the perfect go-to drink for warm weather drop-bys and late night chats.
AND… we all know that’s what mid-July needs. Make this week fun. Make awesome sangria ice with me and never be left without a perfect summer drink.
Wine ice cubes are so easy to make… Fill tray. Freeze ice! Exactly the kind of project I look to do in summer.
Making these red wine ice cubes doesn’t take much extra effort and the result tastes so great.
Make the ice cubes with a crisp red wine (try this Pinot Noir), a dash of raw sugar, and a mixture of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries for the most perfect sangria ice cubes ever! They are a great complement to your summer sangria. But most importantly they’ll add a fresh berry chilled taste to any glass of summer red.
Yes! Now. Please.
I keep these in the fridge to place into any glass of red I choose, they are such a fun treat on a warm summer night out by the grill.
We used a cake piece mold to make these ice cubes, but the concept will work in an ice cube holder. Just add the berries first and then the wine, so the molds don’t spill over.
We made an alternate variety using white grapefruit juice, mint and berries. This is a great option for cooling down a tall glass of water, or it can be used to flavor virgin drinks. The kids adore this version as they enjoy after dinner drinks with us on the deck.
Wine Ice Cubes Recipe
Grab the girls, a bottle of wine and let’s make some wine ice cubes!
Wine Ice Cubes
- 1 bottle red table wine with 1 cup blackberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup mint leaves
- 2 pcs peaches cut up
- 5 pcs whole strawberries
- 1/3 cup sugar in the raw + champagne or ginger ale
Mix the wine, berries and sugar in a large pitcher.
Cover and place in the fridge overnight. This creates the basic summer berry sangria mixture.
In each glass place a sangria ice cube, 1 cup of the sangria mixture, and 1/4 cup of champagne or ginger ale. Serve the drinks immediately after adding the fizz and ice cubes. You'll love what a simple and refreshing summer drink this is.
Remember if all else fails… having the ice cubes on hand means you can turn any glass of red into an impromptu glass of summer sangria.
(Photography ©A Subtle Revelry by Erin Holland).