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Harvested Grape Wine Slushy

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Wine Slushy

Wine Slushy

It's the end of summer, grapes are dripping off of the vines in the Midwest, and I was lucky enough to actually pick some this year. I've always wanted my own vines, and for a few years my husband and I had one growing in our backyard. The grapevine would stretch along the fence, start producing loads of juicy-looking grapes—green, then purple and gorgeous—and then all of a sudden, they would shrivel up and turn brown, like sad little raisins. Talk about disappointing! After a few years of this happening, we decided to pull the vine and start over when we had more space and knowledge of how to maintain a thriving vine.

As it turns out, my neighbor also has a vine (one that actually produces amazing grapes), and one day he told me to come over and pick as much as I wanted. They weren't planning to use any, so it was me vs. the birds. There was no hesitation on my part! My four-year-old son and I went over and picked a huge bowl. And we made sure to leave plenty for our feathered friends.

Then I needed to figure out what to do with all of the grapes! There's always the trusted standby, making jelly, but I wanted to try something different. My husband fermented a small batch of wine, I baked two whole-wheat harvest grape cakes, and the rest went to make grape juice for the Moscato wine slushy featured here.

I served this slushy at a small family gathering, and it was a crowd-pleaser (my mom especially enjoyed it). Best part? It's a super easy recipe, and the fresh grapes may even offer some health benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic, "Grapes are rich in health-protecting antioxidants, including resveratrol and flavonoids." So if my late-summer wine slushy offers a few health benefits in addition to being refreshing and tasty, I'll take it!

As with any alcoholic beverage, please drink safely and responsibly.

Harvested Grapes

Harvested Grapes

Freeze Time

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8 hours 30 min

8 hours 30 min

3.5 cups, serves 7 people (1/2 cup each)


  • 2 cups grape juice
  • 1.5 cups moscato wine
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


  1. Wash the harvested grapes.
  2. Make fresh grape juice. Place whole grapes into a saucepan. Mash with a potato masher to release the juices. Simmer over low heat for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool and strain through a piece of cheesecloth into a bowl. Squeeze out as much juice as you can!
  3. In a bowl, combine fresh juice with your favorite Moscato wine.
  4. Add sugar and stir until the sugar crystals are dissolved.
  5. In a freezer-safe container, put in the freezer. I let mine freeze overnight.
  6. A few minutes before you're ready to serve, take out of the freezer. Using a metal spoon, scrape the top of the slushy and scoop into a glass. Enjoy!
Wine + Grapes

Wine + Grapes

Step 1: Make the Juice

The first step in this simple recipe is to make fresh grape juice. Wash your harvested grapes and put them into a saucepan. Use only the best looking grapes. You can press as much juice as you want, but I only used two cups of juice for the slushy recipe (about 3-4 cups of whole grapes). If you make extra, you'll have some fresh juice for breakfast!

Mash the whole grapes with a potato masher to release the juices. Simmer over low heat for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool and strain through a piece of cheesecloth, into a bowl.

Note: Be careful not to splatter, as grape juice will stain fabric (unless you want to try a new form of tie-dye!)

wine and grapes combined

wine and grapes combined

Step 2: Just Add Wine (and Sugar)

In a bowl, add 1.5 cups of your favorite Moscato wine to the fresh grape juice. Stir in 2 tablespoons sugar and stir thoroughly until the sugar crystals dissolve.

Fresh squeezed grape juice

Fresh squeezed grape juice

Step 3: Freeze and Serve

In a freezer-safe container, freeze the mixture. I froze mine overnight. When you are ready to serve, remove the mixture from the freezer a few minutes ahead of time. Scrape the slushy with a metal spoon and scoop into a glass. Serve and enjoy!

This is best served on a patio while relaxing in a deck chair, watching the sunset as the warm summer breeze drifts by (in my humble opinion).

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 Kristina BH