The dessert opportunities during the holidays are fantastic, aren’t they? I mean, there’s fudge, fruit cake, and endless cookies. I was looking for something a little different, and I had to look no further than a wineshake! Yes, I said a wineshake, a blend of ice cream and wine. I’m a fan of wine slushies during the summer, but they don’t have the richness I was looking for in a wintertime dessert. That’s when I thought to use ice cream and believe me, I’m glad I did!
The first wineshake I whipped up was a combination of Bourbon Maple Pecan ice cream and Lustau Rare Cream Sherry. The bourbon and pecan flavors stand out in the ice cream and pair nicely with the nutty and sweet flavors of the Sherry. It’s a match made in heaven. Be careful though, Sherry is a fortified wine and is very high in alcohol. Only use quality Sherry such as Lustau since the bottom of the shelf varieties at your local grocery are not good and will make your wineshake taste as much.
If you are looking for something with a little more holiday flair, try the Pumpkin Chardonnay shake. Pick a Chardonnay with a little bit more oak and butter flavors. Unoaked Chardonnay or Chablis are very crisp and have green apple flavors that may clash with the pumpkin. A California Chardonnay would be a great choice for this shake. The round mouthfeel and butter flavors combine nicely with the pumpkin. A great alternative to pumpkin pie!
For the red wine lovers out there, this Zinfandel Cherry shake is for you. Zinfandel is a rich wine and when matched up with cherry vanilla ice cream, watch out! For a stronger cherry flavor, blend in some frozen cherries. You can also use the cherries in replace of ice. It’s important to choose a quality Zinfandel otherwise your shake may have too much of an overly alcoholic flavor. I would pick something north of $15 and stay away from all the catchy phrase Zinfandels out there.