June 24, 2013

Watermelon-Moscato Slush {Summer Fun with #BlackBoxWines}


 
Thank you to Black Box Wines for sponsoring this post.
I love so many things about summer.  Outdoor cooking ... Concerts in the park ... 4th of July fireworks ... Trips to the beach ... or, to the lake ... Back-yard gatherings ... There are always so many fun adventures to be had!

Know what else I love about summer?  Watermelon.  Yep, it's one of my favorite summer treats.  Oh, and I love sipping refreshing, crisp, light-bodied wines ... they're just perfect for helping beat the summer heat, too.  And then I had a crazy idea ... one of those totally  brilliantly crazy ideas.  How about putting watermelon and wine together?  Wouldn't that make the perfect refreshingly delicious, fun summer treat?

For a watermelon and wine lover, the answer is YES!

And so, with the help of one big ol' sweet-&-juicy watermelon and Black Box Wines Moscato, this fantabulous Watermelon-Moscato Slush was born.


With four simple ingredients, and just a little whirling in a food processor or blender, this slush whips up in a flash.

Simply combine some watermelon cubes, a bit of sugar, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice in a food processor {or blender} ...


... and give the mixture a whirl to create a watermelon puree.


Strain the puree to remove any pulp hunks ...


... then mix in a little Black Box Wines Moscato, and freeze ... that's all!

When you're ready to enjoy this cool-&-refreshing summer sipper, scrape some of the slush into a glass and pour in some more wine.  Then enjoy the watermelon fun!


Headed out to the park, to the lake, or perhaps to the beach and want to bring this along?  What a great idea.  Toss the slush and a bottle of wine into the cooler,and ... oh, WAIT ... no glass allowed at your destination??

No worries ... grab a box of Black Box Wine instead! ... no glass involved.  And no corkscrew involved, either.  Yep, Black Box Wines are totally portable and destination-friendly that way.  For a crowd, grab their 3-liter box, which is equivalent to four 'standard' bottles of wine.  For treating just yourself, take along their 500 ml 'Tetra Pak,' which is equivalent to about three glasses of wine. {Or grab two, if you're being nice and treating a friend, too.}


And if you don't drink the whole box, no worries there, either.  Once opened, Black Box Wines stay fresh for about a month.  How great is that?  {Oh, and for cooking with wine, this is truly perfect ... no more worrying about using only a cup or so of wine in a recipe, and the rest of the bottle going 'bad' on me before I can finish it up.  I've got a month.  Awesome.}

So, what are you waiting for?  Whip up a batch of this refreshingly delicious Watermelon-Moscato Slush, and get ready for some summer fun!

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Watermelon-Moscato Slush
Source:  Adapted from Watermelon Granita from You're Invited by the Junior League of Raliegh, NC

Ingredients
  • 6 c. watermelon cubes, seeds removed
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 c. Moscato (or other slightly sweet white wine)
Directions
  1. Place watermelon cubes, sugar, and lemon juice in a food processor or blender.  Blend until smooth.  Pour through a strainer to remove the pulp.  Place strained liquid in a glass baking dish and stir in the Moscato.
  2. Place the baking dish in the freezer and freeze the mixture for 2 to 3 hours, stirring with a fork every 45 minutes or so to break up ice crystals.
  3. When ready to serve, spoon the watermelon slush into a wine (or other) glass, filling the glass about 3/4 full.  Pour in wine and stir.
Enjoy!


 It's time to think inside the box. Available in ten delicious varietals and two sizes (3L and Tetra), Black Box Wine will have you ready to lose the bottle. Black Box Wines are perfect for all your summer adventures! ... What adventures will Black Box Wines join you on?

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