From champagne flavored wine ice cream to wine floats and gelatos, check out our wine infused ice cream guide for flavors, recipes and more!
Wine and ice cream – two guilty pleasures no one can get enough of. They’re the perfect accompaniment to a girls night-in, a pick me up after a long day or to drown your sorrows in after a bad breakup. If you love these two obsessions individually, you’re gonna love this new gourmet dessert! If you haven’t guessed already, it combines ice cream and wine to make a creamy and decadent frozen treat fit for the gods! So check out everything you need to know about the wine flavored ice cream trend below plus some really simple homemade wine ice cream recipes!
What is Wine Ice Cream?
Wine ice cream is nothing but a glass of wine in ice cream form! You don’t ever have to take sips of your wine in between spoonfuls of ice cream while getting over a breakup (admit it, we all do it) anymore. You can now enjoy the boozy sweetness of wine and the frozen smoothness of ice cream all in one taste bud-teasing dessert! Whoever came up with this concept of wine infused ice cream, you’re pure genius. Also, it’s super easy to make. All you need is some sugar, some whipping cream, your favorite wine and a lot of patience to wait for it to set!
All About this Cool New Dessert Trend
This comforting alcohol infused dessert truly is the best of both worlds. It also comes in various flavors – red wine, flavored wine, chardonnay chocolate, plum, and white wine ice cream, to name a few. Now if you’re wondering where to buy wine ice cream, Mercer’s, a New York based ice cream brand makes these ooey-gooey desserts in many different flavors.
Homemade Wine Ice Cream
Yes, you can actually make wine ice cream at home and it’s easier & quicker than you think. It doesn’t take you more than ten minutes to prep and the best part, you don’t need an ice cream machine for it! The only issue is the hours you need to spend impatiently waiting for it to chill and set. But it’s totally worth the wait, so it’s alright! So check out the super easy wine flavored ice cream recipe below!
Pro Tip: While making ice cream sounds like the perfect way to consume any cheap or bad wine you may have lying around the house, do note that just like sangria, the more balanced the wine, the better your ice cream will be. So don’t hesitate to use a cup of your favorite wine for these recipes.
Wine Ice Cream Recipe
This white wine ice cream recipe by Showmetheyummy blends white muscat wine with easily available ingredients to make deliciously smooth and creamy ice cream! This recipe doesn’t use any eggs. If you’re looking for a variation that has eggs, keep reading.
Prep time: 10 mins; Chilling time: 12 hours; Total time: 12 hrs 10 mins
- 1 cup moscato
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3.4 oz or 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 pint chilled heavy whipping cream
In a bowl, whisk the sugar, wine and pudding mix together. In another bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream for about a minute and a half or until you start to see peaks forming. You could do this by either using a stand mixer or a hand mixer. Then slowly add in the wine, sugar & pudding powder mixture you made earlier and mix until combined. Now transfer your ice cream into a large container and keep it covered tightly with saran wrap and leave it in the fridge for about twelve hours or until it hardens. You could serve it in wine glasses and top with berries, nuts or syrups of your choice! And that’s how easy it is to make rich and scrumptious wine infused ice cream!
Top Variations on How to Make Wine Ice Cream
1. Wine Sundae
Nothing looks prettier or more tempting than a bowl of wine ice cream topped with all sorts of treats and goodies on a hot summer’s day! Make your very own wine sundae by using the same recipe as above and top with fresh fruits, choco chips, caramel sauce, sprinkles, candied pecans and just about anything you wish!
2. Wine Gelato
If you thought wine ice cream was , you’re gonna love this soft and smooth Italian take on alcoholic ice cream! Check out this handy recipe from foodnetwork below!
Prep time: 25 mins; Cooking and freezing time: 5 + 12 mins; Total time: 42 mins
Place a saucepan on a stove, heat and mix the milk, sugar and cream to 180 °F. Then leave the mixture in the fridge overnight to cool. Add the wine and freeze in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Wine Sauce for Ice Cream
What better topping for your wine infused ice cream than wine sauce?! So here’s a quick red wine reduction dessert sauce recipe by allrecipes for all those not satisfied with just some plain wine ice cream! Or you could even use it to top other non-alcoholic ice creams or even pancakes and waffles!
What you need:
- 750 ml red wine
- cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine all four ingredients in a saucepan and simmer on a low heat. Remember to keep stirring occasionally and your sauce will be ready in 30 minutes or when reduced.
4. Sangria Ice Cream
Try this yummylicious berry sangria sorbet recipe by thefirstyearblog for your next party! Typically, sangria uses other fruits too like apples, oranges, lime and lemon but this recipe is all about the berries!
- 3/4 cup sweet red wine
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp corn syrup
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 5 cups of mixed berries (blueberries, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries)
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend for 1-2 minutes or until the mixture is a smooth consistency. Pour the sorbet into a container and cover with a lid or foil/plastic wrap. Freeze the sorbet overnight and you have one delicious treat to wake up to!
5. With Moscato Ice Wine
Use any moscato ice wine and follow the same recipe as mentioned earlier for a super delicious and mouth-watering cold dessert. In fact you could also use flavored moscato wines for a li’l extra something! From rose and pear to vanilla and raspberry, there’s all sorts of fun options to choose from!
6. Champagne Flavored Ice Cream
While champagne is great in a glass, it’s even better when infused with ice cream! Read this easy-to-follow DIY recipe by knowfood below!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 egg yolks
- 250 ml milk
- 40 gm icing sugar
- rind of 1/2 lemon
- 1 glass champagne
- 100 ml whipped cream
Put the first four ingredients in a saucepan and stir on low heat and bring to a boil. Then remove the rind and let it cool. Once cooled down, fold in the whipped cream and champagne and place in an ice cold metal container. Put the ice cream in the freezer for an hour and mix every 20 minutes using electric blender or whisk. And that’s it!
7. Wine Ice Cream Float
Ice cream floats are an all-time party favorite. Take these fun desserts/drinks a step further with some delicious wine. And it won’t take more than a couple of minutes make!
Firstly, prep your serving glasses by placing them in the freezer for about fifteen minutes beforehand. This will prevent the ice cream from melting quickly. Add a couple of scoops of your favorite ice cream flavor into the glass. You could even use a wine flavored ice cream for a super intense wine float! Then pour in equal parts of sparkling water and a wine of your choice!
8. Plum Wine Ice Cream
You just can’t go wrong with a plum wine dessert, can you? Scroll down for an easy recipe of this irresistible frozen dessert!
- 5 plums, pitted & cut into large chunks
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tbsp Japanese plum wine
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 2 tsp grated orange peel
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup whipping cream
Combine the plums, sugar and water in a saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat for 12 minutes or until the plums are tender and liquid is a syrup consistency. Then set it aside to cool and process in a blender until smooth. Add in the orange & lemon juice, corn syrup, plum wine, orange peel, vanilla extract, salt, and cream and blend. Transfer mixture to an ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer’s instructions.
9. Chardonnay Chocolate Wine Ice Cream
The full-bodied buttery vanilla taste of a chardonnay is the perfect accompaniment to chocolate. Try this yummy wine flavored ice cream at home by simply tweaking the above recipe and adding some cocoa and melted chocolates!
So that was our guide on the wine flavored ice cream trend. And recipes on how to make wine ice cream! Let us know your thoughts by tweeting @shilpa1ahuja!
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