Whether your gearing up to host friends in your home for a mid-summer cookout or if you're simply trying to beat the heat at home, we recommend cooling down with one of these sexy, wine-kissed desserts. No kids allowed!
Kim Crawford Pinot Noir Infused Blackberry Ice Pops
New Zealand's award-winning Kim Crawford wines pared up with people’s pops to create delicious popsicles that combine wine with fresh fruit…and we can't imagine a more perfect combination!
- 1 ½ pounds fresh, ripe blackberries (about 5 cups)
- 4 ounces dark organic cane sugar
- 4 fluid ounces water
- 6-8 ounces 2010 Kim Crawford Pinot Noir
Combine sugar and water in saucepan. Gently heat while stirring until sugar dissolves. Allow to cool completely.
Rinse blackberries and dry with paper towel. Lightly puree with blender or mash blackberries, resulting in about 16 ounces of puree. Add 6 ounces of cooled liquid sugar, 6 ounces of Kim Crawford Pinot Noir, and taste. The sweet, lightly acidic blackberries will highlight the natural fruit notes of Pinot Noir, leaving a nice, slightly tannic finish. If stronger Pinot Noir flavor is desired, add remaining 2 ounces.
Pour into molds, add sticks and freeze until solid (about 4 to 6 hours). Unmold and serve at once, or place in plastic bags for storage.
Makes 10 ice pops
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Blackberry Sweet Red Wine Granita
This simple elegant dessert can be whipped together any time of year. The blackberries blend perfectly with the sweet red wine to make an easy fresh frozen treat.
- 2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
- 1/2-cup water
- 1-cup Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Sweet Red Wine
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice from 1/2 a lime
Place all the ingredients in the pitcher of a blender. Blend on high until well combined and strain through a fine strainer into a 8×8 or 9×9 pan. Place the pan in the freezer and freeze for 2 hours. Take the pan out of the freezer and scrape with a fork to form light ice crystals (the texture will be a bit like a snow cone). Place back in the freezer and scrape with a fork every hour until fully frozen. Cover with plastic when frozen until ready to serve. Makes four 1 1/4 cup servings.
Ruffino® Prosecco Smoothie
Sparkling wine, fresh fruit and yogurt make for a surprisingly delightful summertime sip!
- 16 oz chilled Ruffino® Prosecco
- 2 cups plain or fruit-flavored yogurt
- 4 cups chopped fresh blueberries and strawberries
- Fruit or mint for garnish
Combine yogurt and fruit in a blender; process until smooth. Pour mixture into glasses, filling 3/4 full. Top off with Ruffino Prosecco. Gently stir to combine. Garnish with mint sprig or fruit slice.