By Vanessa Greaves

Wine + fruit + freeze = coolest way to chill down your summer.

Making a frozen wine slushy is as simple as blend and freeze, but there are a few key moves I've learned to do it just that much better. Read on for tips and recipes to try.

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How to Make Frozen Sangria Slushies

First, there are two main ways to make slushies. The method you choose determines how quickly you get to slurp your slushy:

1. Frozen fruit + ice cubes = Immediate gratification. Blend wine with ice cubes and frozen fruit to enjoy your slushy right away.
2. Fresh fruit + ice cubes = Make-ahead strategy. If you blend wine with ice cubes and fresh fruit, the texture of your slushy won't be truly slushy. Your best bet in that case is to blend everything, put it in a couple of freezer-safe containers (don't fill them all the way full) and freeze for 4 hours to overnight. This is an excellent way to make a big batch of frozen sangria slushies ahead of time for a party.

VIDEO: See how to make a Berrylicious Frozen Sangria Slush.

Prep Tips

You can make frozen slushies with just about any sangria recipe, with a few modifications:

  • Remove peels from peaches, nectarines, apples, and pears.
  • Cut peeled fruit into small pieces before freezing so they blend more evenly.
  • Rinse fresh berries before freezing.
  • Freeze pieces of fruit spread out on a baking sheet so they don't clump together. A smart do-ahead is to peel a load of fruit, freeze it, then store in separate bags so you'll have frozen fruit ready to turn into slushies all summer.
  • If your sangria recipe calls for citrus slices, juice the citrus instead. Then when you serve, just garnish your slushy with fresh slices of the citrus.
  • If you want to flavor your slush with herbs, blend the wine and herbs, chill for an hour to let the flavors steep, strain out the herbs, then blend the chilled wine with frozen fruit. Garnish your slushy with a whole sprig of the herb you used.
  • If you freeze your slushy, the alcohol content keeps the mixture from turning rock hard, but it will be fairly solid when you first take it out of the freezer. The good news: The ice crystals melt pretty quickly, so you'll be able to break it up before too long. The better news: If you freeze it in zip top bags, you can pull out the bags, let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes, then start tapping lightly with a rolling pin or heavy spoon to break up the crystals.

Recipes to try:

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