National Wine Day!

Watermelon Wine Recipe by Nationaldrinkwineday.org 

Watermelon Wine Recipe by Nationaldrinkwineday.org 

Watermelon White Wine Spritzer

Ingredients
2 cups small cubed chilled seedless watermelon
1 bottle chilled Chardonnay
2 tablespoons grenadine syrup
12 ounces chilled sparkling mineral water

Instructions
Divide the watermelon among 6 to 8 white wine glasses, then divide the wine, grenadine, and sparkling water among the glasses and give them a quick stir. Serve immediately.

 


Wine Lollipops Recipe by Nationaldrinkwineday.org

Wine Lollipops Recipe by Nationaldrinkwineday.org

Wine Lollipops

Yield: About 12 lollipops

  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tbsp Port wine
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. kosher salt
  • 12 Lollipop sticks
  • Gold luster dust *optional

Directions:

  • Bring red wine to a simmer in a small saucepan. Simmer wine until reduced to 1/3 cup, this should take about 20-25 minutes. Remove from stove-top and let cool completely.


Chocolate red wine cupcakes with red wine buttercream frosting by sensualappealblog.com 

Chocolate red wine cupcakes with red wine buttercream frosting by sensualappealblog.com 

Red Wine Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 1/3 cup turbinado sugar
  • 4 packets Stevia
  • 1 whole large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups red wine


Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°
  • Line a muffin tin with liners or parchment cups
  • In a bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter with the sugar at medium-high speed until fluffy, 4 minutes
  • Add the egg and beat until incorporated
  • Add the vanilla and beat for 2 minutes longer
  • Working in two batches, alternately fold in the dry ingredients and the wine, until just incorporated
  • Scrape the batter into the cups, and bake for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  • Let the cupcakes cool completely


Red Wine Butter Cream Frosting
 

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup red wine
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 1-1.5 cup confectioner's sugar



Instructions

  • Place red wine and sugar in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat while stirring constantly until the sugar is all dissolved. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for a while, while stirring sometimes (not constantly). Cook until the syrup is reduced to about 3 Tbsp. Put in a mug, let cool a little bit and stick in the fridge for a few hours to cool completely.
  • Whisk the butter while adding confectioner’s sugar to it by 1/4 cupfull. Cream together to form a frosting. Once a nice consistency is reached (almost all of the required confectioner’s sugar is in), add the wine reduction and continue beating.
  • Add some more confectioner’s sugar. Then add 1/2 Tbsp of red wine. Add more confectioner’s sugar if desired.