Can't finish the bottle of wine? Well, don't toss it, as you can still put the remains to good use.
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You're drinking solo, or you just can't seem to finish the rest of the bottle. You put the cork back in and shelve it for tomorrow. But, you forget it, and before you know it, that bottle has spoiled.

Still though, you should not toss the bottle out and waste the remaining drops. Instead, you can use that wine in your cooking, where you can create delicious desserts, sauces, and more. Here, 10 ways to use leftover wine so you don't need to toss a portion of a perfectly good bottle into the trash.

1. Make a Wine Granita

"One of my favorite ways to cook with leftover wine is to make a wine granita! You only really need two ingredients: wine and sugar — although you can add fruit juice or herbs if you want to get fancy — and you don't need an ice cream maker or any fancy kitchen equipment to pull it off other than a shallow pan," says Sommelier and Founder of The Lush Life, Sarah Tracey.

It works beautifully with light and fruity reds, aromatic juicy whites, or delicate roses, she says. Frozen overnight and scraped into coupes, wine granitas are a light and refreshing summer dessert.

2. Add It to Fruit Salad

You can also add red wine to a fresh fruit salad. Chef Spike Mendelsohn (Good Stuff Eatery, We, The Pizza, Santa Rosa Taqueria, PLNT Burger, Vim & Victor) in Washington DC recommends using left over red wine to add something extra to your favorite summer fruit.

"There's nothing more delicious than strawberries on your front porch. Add some leftover red wine to jazz it up and a dollop of whipped cream," he says. You can also make a sweet dessert or treat from the red wine and strawberries, too, to help you cool off on a warm day.

3. Make a Red Wine Sauce

You can make a sweet red wine sauce by simmering your leftover wine with some granulated sugar. "When simmering on the stove, you can also add in a cinnamon stick, orange zest, orange juice, a vanilla bean, or any other fun ingredients you have on hand," says Michele Sidorenkov, RDN. Pour this sweet red wine sauce over ice cream or cake and enjoy. Just think of it on gooey, chocolate brownies. Yum!

4. Poach Pears

One of the tastiest and easiest ways to use leftover red wine is by poaching pears. "Red wine poached pears uses a similar method as above but adding the wine in the poaching liquid gives the pears the most beautiful color," says Sidorenkov. Simmer whole peeled pears in leftover red wine and sugar, then add in optional dried fruit, a cinnamon stick, orange peel, and orange juice, and then cook until pears are tender.

Take out the pears, then continue to simmer the sweet red wine sauce until it is reduced down by half, and strain. "Serve the pears whole with vanilla ice cream and drizzle the remaining sweet wine sauce all over," she says.

5. Use in Broth

A nice dry white wine like chardonnay and pinot grigio work well for seafood dishes when used in a broth. "Use it in the broth in dishes such as mussels, clams, seashells in general," says Corentin Chon, founder of wine club Vinified. Try with mussels, with the white wine as the broth. Bring a flavorful, wine-based broth to a boil, add mussels, cover, and cook until they are open.

6. Make an Oyster or Fish Sauce

Another way to use it in seafood? Make an oyster sauce with dry white wine like, chardonnay, pinot grigio or muscadet, says Chon. This oyster sauce is called mignonette, and there's natural acidity in these white wines that work well for the dish. Try a muscadet, which is ideal for this type of sauce, she says.

You can also make a white wine sauce that's made with white wine, butter, lemon, tarragon, garlic, and shallot, for another great buttery white wine sauce that pairs well with fish. Melt butter in a saucepan and add lemon wine and garlic. Wine brings a nice floral aroma to the sauce.

7. Make a Coq au Vin

Red wine makes a lovely coq au vin, or a chicken cooked in a wine. It's a good way to recycle your old merlot, cab or pinot noir, says Chon. "The wine brings nice fruity notes and makes the broth more complex. Add the wine, chicken stock, and thyme and bring to a simmer," she says. Add in some bacon and fine herbs if you like for that rich meaty texture and some added flavor.

8. Use in French Onion Soup

A French onion soup will warm you up during cold winter nights, and it has a great flavorful broth along with a heaping topping of gooey cheese. "A touch of red wine in the broth while cooking the onions adds some tannins, textures, and lovely aromas," says Chon. This French onion soup recipe is made with wine and sherry to bring out the beef flavor of the broth and the two different cheeses top it off to give it that bubbly, browned, and stretchy topping.

9. Use in Chocolate Lava Cake

Add some red wine in this chocolate cake, which is rich and has a melted, decadent center. "Some red wine pairs perfectly with chocolate, so why not make a chocolate red wine cake? I would suggest some bolder type of reds like a California cab or Argentinian malbec, or a maury from France," says Chon. Red wines add some plum fruits and flower notes. And progressively incorporate a bit of red wine in the batter, she says.

10. Freeze It for Later

Don't have time to cook any of these great dishes with your leftover wine? Don't think all is lost. Instead, pour the leftover wine into silicone ice cube trays ($15; Amazon). When each square is frozen, pop them out of the molds and into a storage container for long-term storage. Then, whenever you have a dish that needs a bit of body or want to make a quick pan sauce, you can take one of the frozen wine cubes and pop it right into the pan.

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