Summer also means that fruit is everywhere and out of control good.
While driving around my homeland of Washington State, I found a roadside stand that was selling pints of beautiful dark and sweet summer cherries for one dollar. As in one dollar of each pint of cherries. I could not believe it, and just in case it wasn’t real, I bought 5 pints.
Now I’ve got cherry fever.
And the only cure for that is cherry white wine slushies.
As I recall the last time I had a slushie it was of the blue raspberry variety and served with a straw/spoon combo that now as I’m thinking of it should probably be combined into a shorthand like its’ cousin – the spork.
From now on I think I will start calling them straoons.
The adult slushie has all the fun of the childhood version but is oh so much classier.
Lips may get stained but at least they will be a deep crimson red and not the shocking blue that was so difficult to hide after school from sneaky mothers.
Cherry white wine slushies are also fifty percent booze which means they are halfway there to the ultimate classy summer cocktail dessert. They also only involve two things – white wine and cherries – and a freezer to become pure magic.
Stuck on what to serve at the end of your next al fresco dinner party? One word: slushies.
Cherry White Wine Slushies
Serves 2 – 4 adults
2 cups dry white wine
2 cups fresh cherries, pitted
Blend together wine and cherries until smooth. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a shallow freezer-safe dish and freeze. Check after 30 minutes and use a fork to scrape the sides that have frozen. Return to the freezer and repeat every 30 minutes until you reach your desired level of slushie. Serve immediately in small glasses with a cherry on top.