As you may recall, I recently reported that we had a backlog of opened bottles of wine here at Boogaloo Acres and I was frantically trying to find good uses for all of it (besides the obvious).
Since that post, we did drink some, and we gave some away. The marinara sauce turned out FANTASTIC and is in the freezer. Last Thursday, I made sangria. Christy and I drank half of it and I poured the other half into a quart mason jar, also now in the freezer. On some hot June day, a sangria slushie is gonna taste pretty damn good.
Other uses for leftover wine? Well, here's some nice Shiraz freezing in ice cube trays, for future cooking u se. (Disclaimer: all the photos in this post are terrible. They're blurry and the wine looks brown instead of, well, wine-colored. Trust me when I say that all of these items look much more enticing in person!)
Granita! Instructions from here, minus all the pear business, although that sounds delish and I might try that another time.
My friend Megan sent me a link to this recipe for wine syrup. Oooh, this will be so decadent over some ice cream this summer, or tossed with some veggies in lieu of balsamic vinegar.
Readers piped up with some excellent ideas. Jo suggested wine jelly, which honestly I don't think I even knew was a thing, but it is, and it seems do-able. And yummy.
For now, the vino supply is back down to a manageable level. But I'm bookmarking all this stuff, because it's only a matter of time until we once again end up with a wine surplus.
In the meantime, this will be my anthem--an old favorite from my childhood. (Should children even know a song about a heartbroken janitor on a bender? Maybe not. Whatever. I've always loved this song. Also? I need a hat like that.)