Seriously Fun: Wine Slushies, Smoothies, and Frosés

Wine has a very serious reputation. People assume you need the perfect stemware and perfect swirl. But once the temperatures creep up past 80, there are no more rules. Enter wine slushies, wine smoothies, and, our personal favorite, frosés. These boozy blended concoctions are the hottest drink of the summer. With 300 days of sunshine and the largest wine growing region in the state, the Yakima Valley has it perfected.

“We are thrilled with the popularity and requests for our Sauvignon Sunrise” says Ethen Warren of Tucannon Cellars. This boozy blended drink uses Yakima Valley 2015  Sauvignon Blanc and a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon to create the infamous sunrise namesake. You can find this drink in their Benton City tasting room 7 days a week this summer. Or join them July 6th for delicious woodfire pizza and wine slushies!

Antolin Cellars has to have their wine smoothie machine on at all times in order to meet the demands of their thirsty patrons. The tasting room and patio is nestled on historic North Front Street and looking in you can see countless glasses of their red and white blended wine slushies on a hot afternoon.

Found on North 1st street in downtown Yakima, the restaurant Crafted has a loyal and devout following with good reason. Their menu is “simple, seasonal, farm-to-table focused” and their cocktail menu is our favorite in town. Here, owner Mollie Koommoo, shares their popular frosé recipe. Now you can be the hit of the next backyard BBQ.


Crafted Frosé

4 oz Crafted rosé (you can substitute with your favorite Yakima Valley rosé)

1 oz simple syrup (make your own-boil equal parts sugar and water-Voila!)

5 Oregon strawberries (when I recreated this masterpiece I used a few from my garden)

Liquid nitrogen (this is next level and will surely impress your party guests. It is not just for high school science class or pro chefs anymore! When mixed with the cocktail it instantly freezes)

Mix well in a martini shaker and Cin Cin!

**If the thought of using liquid nitrogen is too much. Simply add ice cubes and blend. Less pizzazz but just as tasty.

Take a picture of your wine slushie or frosé and tag us! @wineyakimavalley

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