I never really realized the true value in shopping local produce until this past year. I always just kind of assumed that produce was available year around (hooray!) and if it’s cheap, why bother? When we moved to Milwaukee a few years ago, I started to realize how lucky we are to live in a place that has so many farmer’s markets, and good ones to boot. Ranging from the usual staples, to all the varieties of tomatoes you could ever want and a taco truck selling off to the side, our farmer’s markets have quite a few options. After going to my favorite farmer’s market a few times and meeting/talking with the producers of the fruits and veggies I was buying, I realized how much more I enjoy eating and cooking with it, rather than just picking it up from the grocery store and hoping that it’s ripe. It also doesn’t hurt that there is a very cute older gentleman who sells corn and sings the oldies while he does it, so really I go for the cute sellers and good plants. (kidding, but he is sweet!)
So now, we come to these peaches! I excitedly bought a bag of peaches at the grocery store last week, envisioning biting into them and getting a nice sweet, juicy mouthful of peach goodness. Instead, I was saddened to find out that they were all semi dry, not ripe and just plan duds. Nottttt quite dreamy. I needed to make something that would salvage this semi-good batch of peaches, so booze seemed like the logical solution. My mint plant is starting to wilt with thirst from the hot heat here and I had an open bottle of sweet red wine that needed to be used (leftover wine? I know, I’m ashamed), so peach wine slushies were born. Feel free to sub out your favorite sweet or dry wine, but I prefer mine on the sweeter side, so I used one a had on hand. I also tossed in a few ripe nectarines to give the wine slushies a little more flavor, but use whatever fruit you have on hand! Also, drink them fast because they melt in this hot August weather, so I think this drink really calls for a patio party, in my opinion.
Peach slushies get a refreshing twist with fresh mint and a healthy dose of sweet red wine. Add ice and enjoy!
- 6 peaches (cut in half and pitted)
- 4–6 nectarines (cut in half and pitted)
- 1/3 cup fresh mint
- 2–3 cups sweet red wine
- 2–3 cups ice
- Blend peaches and nectarines together, strain through cheesecloth or a nut milk bag and return to blender, add the mint, wine, and ice and blend until desired texture is achieved. Drink right away.