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Dear Dr. Vinny,

A recent visit to a wine pavilion at a fair left us with a very tasty new discovery: "wine slushies." Is this frozen wine the result of simply freezing a bottle? Or is there a special preparation technique for this drink? It was a red wine, so what sort of wine would you suggest when making our own frozen wine slushies?

—Andrea, Brantford, Ontario

Dear Andrea,

I'm cringing at the words "wine" and "slushies" put together, and it's taking every ounce of my Vinny-being to not call the wine police on you. But I looked around, and there seems to be a bit of a following for these, uh, very cold sangrias or warm wine sorbets out there. The simplest technique is to take some simple, sweet and/or fruity wine and mix it with a lemonade or orange juice concentrate and pour into an ice cube tray. Let the mixture firm up and serve in a glass with a splash of ginger ale. And may Bacchus forgive you.

—Dr. Vinny


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