File this under “best news ever!” Moderate consumption of wine (about a glass a day for women and two a day for men) has been linked to a lower risk of everything from dementia to Type 2 diabetes to metabolic syndrome.
So with all those mid-summer sips, you might as well enjoy the booze in a new way. The answer: Put vino in popsicles. From pinot to prosecco, these eight wine popsicles will cool you down while temperatures heat up — and they give you a dose of antioxidants, too.
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8 Wine Popsicles for a Cooler Happy Hour
1. Sangria Popsicles
A pinch of cinnamon and a handful of real fresh fruit elevates the taste of these sangria pops from the ranks of ordinary supermarket sweet to splurge-worthy goodness. Since each pop contains just one ounce of vino and a dash of sugar, you shouldn’t feel guilty about indulging in a second sangria-inspired treat. Photo and recipe: Jessica Segarra / The Novice Chef
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2. Strawberry Moscato Popsicles
Three cups of strawberries. Three cups of moscato. Blend, freeze, and enjoy. It’s that easy. (What you do with the final quarter cup of wine is completely up to you.) Photo and recipe: Natasha Bull / Salt and Lavender
3. Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Red Wine Popsicle Recipe
A fun twist on your typical romantic dessert. A couple tablespoons of balsamic vinegar balance out the simple syrup in these pinot pops. Since vino has natural sweetness from the grapes — and to keep the added sugar content in check — try using half the syrup the recipes calls for the first time you mix it up. Photo and recipe: Ashley Cote / Spoonful of Flavor
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4. Champagne Poptails
As the Mexican fave cocktail, Paloma shows, tequila and grapefruit juice are a match made in heaven. Turns out, grapefruit juice and champagne are a dream duo too. Try the tasty pair, prettied-up with a handful of edible flowers in this made-for-summer recipe. Photo and recipe: Brittni Mehlhoff / Paper & Stitch
5. Peach Wine Pops
In addition to three fresh peaches, fruit-flavored schnapps makes these white wine ice pops taste like the primetime drink for warmer months. Try crisp sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio or German riesling to keep this dessert from getting too sweet. Photo and recipe: Jennifer Meyering / Jennifer Meyering
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6. Mimosa Ice Pops
To please brunch guests with different tastes, freeze a variety of champagne fruit pops flavored with everything from classic mimosa orange to ripe-and-ready strawberries or blueberries. All you need to complete the show-stopping and festive morning meal is some eggs. Photo and recipe: Jennifer Lee / Kirbie’s Cravings
7. 4-Ingredient Raspberry Sangria Popsicles
If you skip the sugar (promise these are plenty sweet without it), these red wine ice pops require zero cooking time and next to no hands-on time to prep. The mix of pomegranate and raspberry flavors supply the perfect sweet-tart combo you crave. Photo and recipe: Kelley / Chef Savvy
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8. Watermelon Mint Popsicles and Prosecco
Nothing says summer quite like watermelon — especially when you eat it in frozen treat form, with mint. Dip it directly into a glass of champagne (a different approach to wine pops) and you basically have a bite of heaven to cool you down. Photo and recipe: Karen Chan and Todd Wagner / Honestly Yum