The summer sun’s beating down as we speak. Here are a few wine chilling hacks to help you out in a pinch – follow these instructions, and you’ll stay cooler than a polar bear’s toes.
1. Glammed-up wine fridge
A wine fridge in the kitchen? Makes sense. But a disguised wine fridge in the living room, or even on your patio? Heavenly! Cover it with a patterned runner and a few potted succulents and you’ve got the perfect, stylish chiller for storing a few bottles within easy reach.
2. Little cubes o’ wine
Winemaker Richard Bruno’s trick to keeping white wine nice and frosty: freezing wine into ice cubes! Like his clean and crisp Chenin Blanc. “It’s not a faux pas,” he says, “because when it melts, it turns into wine… and it’s delicious.”
3. Frozen grapes
Adding frozen grapes to a glass of white can work wonders – and it won’t water down the wine. Bonus: you’ve got a chilly, boozy fruit treat after your last gulp!
4. Towel trick
Wet a dish towel (or a few paper towels), wrap ‘em around your bottle of white and stick it in the freezer for 10-20 minutes. Voilà! You’ve got a nice, cold wine.
5. Wine slushie
6. Wine popsicles
These bright and fruity wine popsicles will keep you cool, AND satisfy your sweet tooth. Chop 3 cups of fruit (we recommend strawberries or peaches) and add into blender with a few sliced leaves of basil or mint. Add 3 cups of Moscato – while pouring yourself a glass to sip on, of course. Blend to desired consistency, skim off the extra foam, then pour into popsicle mold. Freeze for 2-3 hours, then add popsicle sticks and continue freezing for 4 hours or more. Bingo! You’ve got yourself an ice-cold pop of summer relief.
7. Sparkling floats
Add a scoop of sorbet to your glass of bubbles to turn it into a frosty float!
Follow these tricks and you’ll be set for summer. Toss on some shades, step out onto the patio and enjoy a glass of chilled wine (or three) – life is good.