It’s no surprise that we gravitate towards cool, crisp whites and chilled rosés during these warm summer months. Easy to drink and easy to enjoy, a wine’s quaffable nature is precisely what we’re after!
But as much as we enjoy a chilled glass (preferably al fresco) on its own, it’s great to know there are other ways to delight in a wine’s refreshment. In this case, in scoop form! Well, it makes a lot of sense, combining our favorite summer sippers with our favorite summer dessert. Whether it’s ice cream, sorbet or granita, we’ve got you covered. Check out the variety in this list and give yourself a reason to dust off that ice cream maker. After all, July is officially declared National Ice Cream Month!
Ciao Bella Sorbet
Let’s start with what you can find in the market. It seems more and more companies are bringing their products to the fore. Ciao Bella, a popular gelato company that began in New York’s Little Italy, offers up a full collection of tasty gelato and sorbet, now available at major retailers across the country. The Blackberry Cab Sorbetto is a naturally fat free, “full-bodied” indulgence that’s easy to keep on hand for a last minute dessert!
Glace de Vino
“The Simple Delight of Ice Cream. The Cultured Thrill of Wine.” That’s how Glace de Vino bills itself as a producer of gourmet wine ice creams – and there’s an impressive, straightforward flavor list to match: Strawberry Chardonnay, Chocolate Amaretto Cherry, Raspberry Merlot and Chocolate Cabernet Sauvignon are the four featured flavors, 100% all natural.
Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream
Here’s a dessert you need to be 21 or over to enjoy! The upstate New York-based dairy company also produces true wine ice creams that contain 12% butterfat and up to 5% alcohol by volume. The award-winning Mercer’s brand produces six flavors: Cherry Merlot, Chocolate Cabernet, Peach White Zinfandel, Port, Red Raspberry Chardonnay and Riesling. Delivers nationwide.
Basic Dessert Wine Ice Cream Recipe
As for all you adventurous adventurous home cooks, let’s start with the basics. MyRecipes.com gives us an easy starter custard on which to add layers of great flavors, including Orange Muscat Ice Cream with Bittersweet Chocolate, Port Ice Cream with Cinnamon and Vanilla and Cream Sherry Ice Cream with Double Ginger.
Herb and White Wine Granita
Granita is the coarser, slushier cousin of smooth-as-silk sorbet. Originally from Sicily, granita versions can vary widely from region to region; but they’re uniformly semi-frozen and deliciously refreshing! This beautiful and not-too-sweet Herb and White Wine Granita from Food52 highlights freshly picked herbs and the subtle flavor of the wine. An adult slushy, of sorts!
Raspberry Rose Sorbet
Now, here’s a sorbet for the senses! If the gorgeous red hue isn’t enough of a selling point, perhaps the flavor of the rosé and sweet raspberries will be. This easy recipe, from And Now for Something Completely Delicious, lives up to its blog’s moniker. Author Annalise assures that the wine, which serves more to “enhance the raspberry flavor,” isn’t too strong of a presence in this dessert. Looks like summer in glass!
Ice-Wine Sorbet with White Peaches
Leave it to the folks at Gourmet to create a pure and elegant sorbet, enhancing the flavor of the ice wine with only sugar and water. Served up with seasonal white peaches and you have yourself an easy, clean dessert.
Red Wine Granita
Infused with cinnamon and clove, this Red Wine Granita sounds like the summer version of your favorite holiday mulled wine – or even a slushy sangria! It’s also made with citrus fruits like orange and lemon, giving it a nice tang and sweetness. What’s so genius about this granita? Apple Pie, Patis and Paté’s author humorously describes this dessert as winning “the award for Best Use of Two-Buck Chuck or Carlo Rossi.” Well, that’s one way to get the party started!