The last thing anyone wants while relaxing with a chilled glass of wine on a hot summer day is to suddenly find themselves taking a swig of lukewarm vino. Luckily, these two simple tips can help keep your favorite wine cold to matter how high the temperature gets outside!
Putting a few regular ice cubes in the glass can help, but that will also dilute the drink. For a clever twist, try La Crema Winery head chef Tracey Shepos’s trick of pouring wine into an ice cube tray rather than water. Let it freeze overnight and then add two or three cubes to each glass of wine.
It’s best to stick with freezing the exact type of wine you’ll drink later on so that it doesn’t mix up the taste or color. This maintains the wine’s crisp and vibrant flavor notes from the first sip until the last. Also, as the wine cubes melt, you’ll have a little more wine in the glass without having to pour more (a real game changer!). You can make these wine cubes with leftover wine from a bottle you didn’t quite finish and they’ll keep in the freezer for up to three months in a sealed plastic bag.
Wine cubes are a great freezer staple, but if you want a cold drink and a snack, try freezing grapes! This Safeway tip involves picking a bundle of grapes off the stem before giving them a good rinse to remove any pesticides, drying with a paper towel, and freezing them in a plastic bag overnight.
Similar to wine cubes, use red grapes for a glass of red or rosé and green grapes for white wine. Think of it as color-coordinating the drinks! Once frozen, plop four to five grapes in each glass, pour the wine over them, and enjoy.
See how easy this in the video below:
After you’ve finished the glass, nosh on the grapes for a yummy palate cleanser. Don’t worry about having to use up a whole bunch of frozen grapes at once. They’ll last about a month in the freezer in a plastic bag and will come in handy when you need them.
Whichever hack you choose, one thing’s for sure: Your chilled glass of wine will be a refreshing way to end any summer BBQ or evening on a high note!