Let’s be honest, it’s always sangria time. From strawberry mint sangria for spring parties to apple cider sangria around the bonfires but when it comes to hot summer days, there’s nothing better than wine slushies.
This wine slushie recipe is a refreshingly delicious choice, too, made with frozen berries, juice, and red wine. It’s all the best of sangria flavors – a little tart, fruity, and boozy.
It’s super easy to make in less than 5 minutes and makes the perfect amount for two large servings – to share or to not, that’s the only real question when it comes to making this frozen sangria.
What is a Wine Slushie?
A wine slushie is a frozen drink, similar to what you’d expect from a frozen margarita, but made with wine. It’s a blended cocktail that’s refreshing and perfect for hot days when you need something fun to cool down with. They are easy to make in a blender and require few ingredients!
What is Sangria?
Sangria is a wine beverage that comes from Spain and Portugal. It’s like a punch traditionally made with red wine, a mixture of chopped fruit, and usually additional liquors. The fruit usually consists of berries, peaches, apples, or pears.
Put wine slushies and sangria together and you, my friend, then have yourself a DIY frozen sangria slushie.
Here’s What You’ll Need
You’re going to love that you just need a few simple ingredients for this recipe and that they don’t require any prep!
- Red Wine: this recipe uses a can of red wine to make it small batch and super easy to make! Of course, you can double this recipe and use a whole bottle if you’re looking to serve more.
- Orange Juice: a little more liquid and an added fruitiness to the sangria.
- Frozen Mixed Berries: the frozen component that turns the rest of the ingredients into a frozen slushie! I like to use a mix of raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, and sometimes blueberries. You could really substitute other frozen fruit like peaches, cherries, or just the single berries of raspberries or strawberries.
- Brandy: the optional ingredient, but one that kind of makes the sangria. If you have it around, it’s definitely worth adding, but I also make it without when I need to cool down with a sangria slushie and don’t have any.
If you like your sangria a little extra sweet, you might consider blending in honey, agave nectar, maple syrup, or granulated sugar. I recommend trying it first, then adding as you need to.
What Kind of Wine is Best for Sangria Slushies?
When making sangria, it’s best to use a red wine that is lower in tannins. A red wine that is fruitier is a good option, too, because of the fruity aspect of sangria.
Grenache is a Spanish wine, so it’s perfect for making a more authentic sangria. I also enjoy pinot noirs, but zinfandel, tempranillo, and malbecs are good too.
A dry wine is great because it will be lower in sugar, and since this beverage is already going to be sweetened with additional fruit, it makes it a great option.
Overall, choose a relatively inexpensive red wine that you would enjoy drinking on its own, too, because it will be a flavor that shines through in the sangria.
How to Make Frozen Sangria
So you’re gonna love the few ingredients it uses, but you’re also going to love how dang easy this recipe is to make! All you’ll need is a high-speed blender to bring it all together!
Add all of the ingredients to a blender. Blend, increasing the speed to high, until smooth and all ingredients are combined.
Of course, grab a little taste test and adjust, adding any additional orange juice or sweetener as needed.
Now you can enjoy immediately, or if it’s not frozen enough depending on your preferences, go ahead and toss it back in the freezer for 15-30 minutes to freeze to your liking.
Then, pour it into a wine glass, mason jar, or any ol’ glass and start enjoying! It’s fun to garnish with additional berries, mint leaves, and maybe even an orange slice!
If you have extra slushie that you just can’t seem to finish, you can store it in an airtight container and refreeze it until you’re ready to enjoy.
When stored in the freezer for extended periods of time, the mix does get quite hard, so remove it 10-5 minutes or so before serving so it is soft enough to enjoy. You probably want to give it a good blend to get the texture back, too.
Think of one glass of slushie as equal to a glass of wine. While the berries and orange juice do add additional liquid to each drink, it is still very wine-forward and should be enjoyed as you would a glass of wine.
You can, but the texture is best enjoyed either right after they’ve been made or after a short freeze.
I recommend enjoying leftover slushies within 1 month when stored in the freezer.
Absolutely! Use a full bottle of wine and double the recipe to enjoy at parties, BBQs or a girl’s night on the patio!
Get the Recipe 5-Minute Frozen Sangria Red Wine Slushies
- 375 mL red wine, 1 can
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 12 ounces frozen mixed berries
- 2 Tablespoons brandy, optional
- Add all ingredients to a blender. Cover and blend, increasing the speed slowly to high, tampering as needed. Blend until all ingredients are combined and smooth.
- If needed, place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes for a slushier consistency. Pour into a serving glass and garnish with fresh mint as desired.
- Serving Size: 1 can of wine is equal to 2 glasses; this will make 2 large slushies or 4 smaller slushies.