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Make your next summer dessert special with a simple red wine ice cream that doesn’t need to be cooked or cooled. Add all the ingredients to your ice cream maker and churn until frozen!

Make your next summer dessert special with a simple red wine ice cream that doesn't need to be cooked or cooled. Add all the ingredients to your ice cream maker and churn until frozen!

A couple years ago a friend sent me a pin on Pinterest for red wine ice cream that was 5% alcohol. Being a connoisseur of wine and also ice cream (if buying whatever is on sale and doesn’t taste like hand sanitizer makes you a connoisseur) I immediately wanted to try it. But I couldn’t find it anywhere local for purchase and at the time I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to waste wine on ice cream experiments. Priorities.

But when Gloria Ferrer sent me a bottle of Chardonnay for this beautiful Chardonnay Cake they also sent a fantastic bottle of red. The roommates aren’t big red drinkers, especially if it’s a dry red, which this Cabernet was. More for me! 😉

So when someone else brought over another bottle of wine for a dinner party and then we had the box of wine leftover from this black bean soup we had a LOT of red wine and only little old me to drink it. And since I like wine but I’m definitely not a drink-a-glass-every-day kind of girl I had to do something with it.

And then I started waxing nostalgic about wine ice cream.

Make your next summer dessert special with a simple red wine ice cream that doesn't need to be cooked or cooled. Add all the ingredients to your ice cream maker and churn until frozen!

I found several recipes on Pinterest but they required a cooked base and steeping or reducing the wine to remove the alcohol. Let’s be real. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Save for my old fashioned vanilla ice cream I much prefer my ice cream bases to be uncooked and quick.

But I also still like to churn my ice cream in my handy dandy ice cream maker (aff) because the churning helps the sugar dissolve {kind of like whipping meringues until the sugar crystals are all gone} and because it produces a creamier texture. I also like to skip the sweetened condensed milk that most no churn ice cream recipes have.

Don’t have an ice cream maker? No problem! If you have a stand mixer you can put the bowl of the mixer into the freezer for about 30 minutes and then beat the ice cream in the chilled bowl with the wire whisk attachment. That’s your kitchen hack for today but for best results use an ice cream maker 🙂

Make your next summer dessert special with a simple red wine ice cream that doesn't need to be cooked or cooled. Add all the ingredients to your ice cream maker and churn until frozen!

Meaghan

Make your next summer dessert special with a simple red wine ice cream that doesn't need to be cooked or cooled. Add all the ingredients to your ice cream maker and churn until frozen!

Make your next summer dessert special with a simple red wine ice cream that doesn't need to be cooked or cooled. Add all the ingredients to your ice cream maker and churn until frozen!

Red Wine Ice Cream

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl combine milk, sugar, cream, and red wine and stir until combined.
  2. Pour into your ice cream maker according to the directions that came with your machine.
  3. Churn until thickened and creamy. Mine took about 15-20 minutes.

Notes

*Because you are not cooking out the alcohol this ice cream recipe is very soft. Alcohol does not freeze so doubling or tripling this recipe will increase the alcohol content and may result in ice cream that doesn't set up properly. If you'd like to make enough ice cream for more than 2 people make them in separate batches.

 

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Nikhil Antony

Friday 8th of February 2019

Hi, is it necessary to heat wine to a concentrated form for making large quantity long storage wine ice cream.

Meaghan

Monday 18th of February 2019

I don't reduce the wine to a concentrate for this recipe. However, making this in a batch larger than listed on the recipe card will keep it from setting because of the higher alcohol content. If you want to make more servings than are listed I'd recommend making multiple smaller batches.

mazzy

Wednesday 24th of August 2016

Actually, I doubled it so I could serve it to my dinner guests.

Meaghan

Wednesday 24th of August 2016

Oh, ok, that's probably what it is then. Since alcohol doesn't freeze it probably wouldn't thicken up because doubling the ingredients doubled the alcohol content in the recipe. I'd recommend making it in two batches back to back to see if that helps :)

~Meaghan

mazzy

Sunday 21st of August 2016

Ok, so I loved this idea! But i have tried it twice and both times it refuses to set up and get to the "ice cream" stage. Anyone else have this problem?

Gloria M Salter-Seeband

Saturday 26th of October 2019

Why not heat the wine to evaporate the alcohol (microwave?), then cool it down in an ice bath before mixing it in? Or just mix it into the other ingredients and let the ice cream maker cool it down? Might take a few more minutes to set up, but no big deal. Anyway, going to try this later today with and without evaporating the alcohol.

Meaghan

Wednesday 24th of August 2016

Oh, no! I'm sorry you're having this problem. How long are you churning it in your ice cream maker?

~Meaghan

JT

Friday 12th of August 2016

Yes! Exactly what I was looking for - a truly easy recipe that doesn't require cooking! Will be trying this soon! Thank you!

Meaghan

Wednesday 17th of August 2016

You're welcome! I so appreciate not having to cook an ice cream base and then wait for it to chill for several hours. I'm all about getting ice cream to my mouth as soon as possible

~Meaghan

Hillary Reeves

Thursday 26th of May 2016

YOU ARE SPEAKIN MY LANGUAGE!! I just got an ice cream maker attachment for my kitchenaid. I can't wait to go crazy this summer!!

Meaghan

Wednesday 1st of June 2016

All hail the mighty kitchen aid. I had no idea they had an ice cream attachment! Christen it with this!

~Meaghan