I have attempted a few times to make tasty wine icy poles (or wine ice-blocks if you’re a Kiwi!) however I was either making them way too alcoholic which were uneatable in my opinion or I was packing too much flavour in that it killed the flavours of the wine.
I think I’ve finally found the perfect balance of sweetness, alcohol and flavour so that the characteristics of the wine shine through and are complimented.
The wine I used was the Coward & Black 2013 Semillon & Sauvignon Blanc blend from the Margaret River. I firstly determined what were the main flavours I could taste in the wine which were: pineapple, passionfruit and kiwifruit. My aim was to compliment these flavours in the wine.
I made way too much so I have adapted the recipe to make roughly 1 cup – how much you need will depend on the size of your ice block moulds and if you pop fresh fruit in (totally recommend it!). You can use any wine, however I would suggest to use the same fruit flavours you pick up in the wine, in these scrumptious wine blocks.
The TC Wine Blocks Recipe
1/2 cup (125ml) wine
60grams caster sugar
Fresh fruit of your choosing/to compliment the wine
1. In a saucepan dissolve the sugar in the water.
2. Once dissolved let it cool, I popped mine in the fridge for about 30 mins.
3. When cool add the wine.
4. Cut the fresh fruit up and distribute into the moulds as per your preference. Note: don’t put too much in as you need plenty of liquid to set properly.
5. Fill the moulds up with the liquid and add sticks.
7. Freeze and enjoy!
Of course you can then modify the recipe as you see fit – more sugar, more alcohol, less or different fruits – completely up to you!
Enjoy your wine icy poles and if you discover an awesome concoction of your own please leave a comment and let me know!