As a sommelier and beverage director of Simbal in Downtown Los Angeles, Ron Carey knows his way around a glass of wine. He is also well aware that wine knows no bounds, and is down to party in any form. Which is how he has come to create this culinary masterpiece.
A red wine popsicle, sweetened with strawberries is made to feel extra special with a glass of sparkling wine. Sure, it’s getting a little chilly out there, but honestly we don’t feel like these wine popsicles would be out of place anywhere. Our ideal situation? Tailgating. Just picture it, a cooler full of boozy popsicles ready to be dunked into red Solo cups of bubbly. Plus, they’re almost as easy to make as it is to pop open a bottle of beer…almost.
16 oz strawberries , whole
8 oz strawberries , diced
4 oz demerara syrup
6-7 oz California Pinot Noir
1 ½-2 tbsps balsamic vinegar, to taste
1 bottle sparkling wine
ADD whole strawberries, demerara syrup, Pinot Noir and balsamic vinegar to a blender.
PURÉE until slightly chunky.
POUR the mixture into 3 oz popsicle molds.
ADD diced chunks of strawberries to each mold.
REMOVE from freezer when ready to assemble. Place each popsicle in a glass of 2-3 oz of sparkling wine and serve.