Foodie Friday: 5 Creative Ideas for Wine Ice Cubes


 

5 Ideas for Wine Ice Cubes

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So this week our theme is “frozen” and since I recently shared my Chocolate Chunk Protein Fudgesicles, I decided to share something that is less of a recipe and more of a life/kitchen hack.  So, I present to you….what you can do with leftover wine. 

I know what you’re thinking… what the heck is leftover wine? 

Leftover wine

 

Before you judge me and threaten to revoke my wino status, hear me out.

 There are times when we reach the end of the bottle, we’ve had one to many glasses and you don’t want it to go to waste.  Instead of leaving just a few ounces sitting there, you can put it to good use.  

When might times like this occur, you ask?

1. The morning after having a party at your house. We’ve all been there…too much wine the night before and almost empty bottle still sitting on the kitchen counter.  Don’t ditch it just because you’ve sworn off alcohol for the 30th time…pour those last drops into an ice cube tray for later use. 

2. When a gracious guest brings over a bottle of wine that’s just not your taste.  Sure, you’re polite and have a glass but instead of putting it in the fridge and pretend you’ll “break it out later”, do yourself a favor and freeze it instead of letting it go to waste. 

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3.  I can’t think of a good third reason why you’d have leftover wine 😉 

Wine Ice Cubes

So now you’ve frozen your last drops of deliciousness and wondering what the heck can you use it for?! 

1. Cook with them to make a red wine sauce or marsala! 

2. Chill down a glass of club soda for an instant single serve wine spritzer! 

3. Chill room temperature wine of the same variety- works especially well with white wine and won’t leave your drink all watered down. 

4. Make a single serve sangria when you’re in the mood for something fresh and fruity- no need to break open a new bottle, just mix in some frozen cubes instead. 

5. Break out the whole tray, throw it in a blender with some fruit, sparkling soda (or more wine) and make yourself some wine slushies! 😉 

See? The possibilities are endless once you start to get creative. I bet you all are going to freeze an ice cube tray of wine just to make slushies this weekend, amiright?! 

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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41 Comments

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply June 19, 2015

Now this is the way to kick off a Friday! I rarely have leftover wine I will be honest but I am thinking that is a perfect idea for that mother in law or guest who comes over once a week or so and will only one that one glass and it is usually something I don't like! Smart idea Annmarie! Cheers my friend!
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    Reply June 20, 2015

    Thank you! Cheers- hope you have a great weekend! :)

Michelle
Reply June 19, 2015

Fantastic! I've never made wine ice cubes, but have had leftover wine for the very few reasons you mentioned :) I will definitely be trying this out!
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    Reply June 20, 2015

    Yay! Let me know how it goes!

Renee @ Bendiful Blog
Reply June 19, 2015

Wait what is this left over wine you speak of ? LOL! I would need to start a bottle just for this purpose! Super cute ideas Annmarie.
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    Reply June 20, 2015

    Haha, I know...it is rare buuuut just in case! :)

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply June 19, 2015

In my opinion, win ice cubes are the ONLY way to do sangria!
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    aelicatese
    Reply June 20, 2015

    Exactly.

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Reply June 19, 2015

This is such a good idea...for me! I've been meaning to pick up (have my mom buy) a bottle so I can cook with it! Now I can freeze what I don't need!

    aelicatese
    Reply June 20, 2015

    Yay!!! Can't wait to see what wine recipes you come up with!

jill conyers
Reply June 19, 2015

What a great idea. I make ice cubes out of so many things. Why not wine too!

Have a fantastic Friday Annmarie!
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    Reply June 20, 2015

    Thanks so much, Jill! Hope you have a great weekend too :)

Kimberly G
Reply June 19, 2015

This is genius! Thanks for sharing!

    aelicatese
    Reply June 20, 2015

    You are so welcome ;)

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply June 19, 2015

What a great idea! I can't believe I never though of this!!!
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    Reply June 20, 2015

    Thank you! :)

Sarah
Reply June 19, 2015

Genius! I have made other alcohol ice cubes but don't think I have ever made wine ones, and I love my wine!
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    Reply June 20, 2015

    Well get on it, girl! :)

Eva
Reply June 19, 2015

I always freeze the leftover wine because i know if i don't, it will go sour before anyone gets around to it. I use wine cubes in cooking sauces (i.e.tomato based pasta sauce) and sometimes for soups (works well for chilli).
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    Reply June 20, 2015

    It's so useful for sauces and a great idea for chili!

Linz @ Itz Linz
Reply June 19, 2015

so creative!!
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    Reply June 20, 2015

    Thank you!

Jess @hellotofit
Reply June 19, 2015

Oh, this is a great idea! I tend to have leftover wine after cooking, and should totally freeze some for future cooking/sangria making ;)
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    Reply June 20, 2015

    Heck yeah you should!

Marcia
Reply June 19, 2015

All great uses! I've never thought to make these!
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    Reply June 20, 2015

    Thanks- you never know when you might need them ;)

Beverley @ sweaty&fit
Reply June 19, 2015

Omg i love this post! this is the answer to millions of ladies problems out there. such a smart idea for sangria too because if there is anything i hate, its when ice cubes dilute my drink!
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    Reply June 20, 2015

    Watered down wine is the worst, right?!

Ivanna
Reply June 19, 2015

I have two words...Mind. Blown lol, great ideas!! I'm going to try the spritzer for sure!
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    Reply June 20, 2015

    Haha, thanks friend! Yes!!! Try the the spritzer and let me know how it goes!

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply June 19, 2015

I like your way of thinking! Genius!

    aelicatese
    Reply June 20, 2015

    Thanks friend! ;)

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply June 19, 2015

I don't know why you'd have left over wine, either, but these are great ideas either way!
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    Reply June 20, 2015

    Hahaha thank you!

Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
Reply June 19, 2015

I love it all great ideas. I haven't made wine ice cubes but I do have some fruity ones I love. Time to bring those out!
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    Reply June 20, 2015

    Woohoo! Let summer begin! ;)

Esther
Reply June 19, 2015

Those are fantastic!!! Way to be creative with wine!! ;)
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    Reply June 20, 2015

    Thanks...I mean I drink enough of it, might as well do something useful with it too, haha!

Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Reply June 20, 2015

Wine slushees sound like heaven in this weather.
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Farrah
Reply June 22, 2015

These are such awesome ideas! I kinda am a fail when it comes to wine (translation: I had half a sip back in 2007 and turned the color of an overripe tomato/had palpitations and all that goodness), but I wouldn't be opposed to cooking with it! :D Red wine sauce sounds like it'd be super tasty when paired with some sort of protein!
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    Reply June 23, 2015

    Awww boo to being "allergic" to wine :( Try making a red wine sauce with mushrooms...it's amazing!

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