I could pretend I’m super sophisticated and have extensive, meaningful knowledge about wine but that would be a complete farce.  I’d say I’m just a step or two above Michael Scott, really.  Some may turn their noses up at Riesling because it is on the sweeter side of whites, it’s all good.  More for me!  Really though, Riesling is my personal favorite and when I came across the brilliant idea of strawberry Riesling slushies I could only wonder 1) why I hadn’t encountered these sooner and 2) how soon I could conceivably make them.  If your ice cream maker is already chilled, these require about five minutes of actual effort and 20-30 minutes of patience (the hard part).  And in case you were wondering, they are a nice antidote for a long Monday after which you arrive home to a non-functioning air conditioner.  Yes, indeed.


  • 2 cups hulled and quartered strawberries
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle Riesling, preferably chilled
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • 01

    In a blender or food processor, combine the strawberries, Riesling, sugar and lemon juice.  Blend until smooth.  Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and churn until a slushy/icy mixture has formed.  Pour into serving glasses, garnish with additional berries if desired, and serve immediately.

  • 02

    *Because I’m sure someone will ask, I haven’t tried this without an ice cream maker so I can’t say for certain whether that will work.  However, I think that if you added maybe 50% more strawberries (to decrease the overall percentage of alcohol, thereby making the mixture more amenable to freezing), and used a granita technique, you would have something pretty darn close.  If you try it, let me know!


  • I would never turn my nose up to a sweet Riesling! This looks lovely!

  • Robyn osten

    These sound amazing! Riesling is my favorite too. Not sure if you have a favorite type of Riesling, but the Dr. L (Loosen) is THE best kind for the price… Usually about $12-$13 a bottle. Can’t wait to try these! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Sylvia

    What about using frozen strawberries instead of the ice cream machine?

  • so pretty and so refreshing!

  • Heather Koziarz

    Oh yummy!! I never thought of using my ice cream machine for drinks! I am imaging all sorts of experimentation this summer….after these lovely drinks, I think I will try mimosa slushies

  • Vanessa F.

    I happen to LOVE Riesling. So there!

  • Sara R.

    I’ve done this this without an ice cream maker. Just use frozen strawberries instead of fresh and throw everything into your blender. Delish!

  • Emily

    Yummy! I don’t have an ice cream maker (yet!) so I am thinking of trying this with frozen strawberries and using the ice cream setting on my Blendtec that I just got for Mother’s Day. Let’s be honest, it couldn’t possibly be bad :)

  • Liane

    I would also think about freezing the strawberries and then using them that way – that might give it a slushy consistency w/o the ice cream machine.

  • annieseats

    That may work too – you’d have to experiment. I prefer the flavor of fresh strawberries personally, but that’s a good idea!

  • Riesling is one of my favorites too! Definitely trying this ASAP!!

  • Susan Dritt

    I have discovered a winery in Idaho – Ste. Chapelle – and they have a Special Harvest Reisling that is delicious. I can see a bottle of that in this recipe – yum. Good thing it’s 7:30 am while I’m reading this so I can dream of it all day long! ;-)

  • These look so perfect! And, I love that they’re pretty much instantaneous with the ice cream maker. That is dangerous but also awesome! Can’t wait to try them.

  • Caroline L.

    What a pretty drink as well! Looove those mint striped straws :)

  • Ana

    YUM! I just bought a bottle of Riesling :)

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  • Leslie MacDonald

    I had the exact same thought! I might try that this weekend and will report back if I do. I’m thinking about upping the strawberries so it has more of a slushy texture to it.

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    I am not a wine-o either, but this sounds like a great way to drink it!

  • Oh girl, no a/c? Ouch! Thank you for posting these. I just wrapped up a field trip with 25 fifth graders on. the. city. bus. In 100 degree heat. I need about four of these. Good thing my ice cream attachment is always ready to go in the freezer!

  • Oy, the surprise broken AC is no bueno. I adore Riesling. And strawberries. These are going to make an appearance this weekend, for sure!

  • Sounds like the perfect summer drink!

  • Deanna

    I agree. Blend the frozen berries with the sugar in the processor first until they resemble course sand (1 full minute or so). With the processor still on, slowly add the wine and lemon juice. It should stay completely slushy. I use this method for a strawberry ice cream that needs no additional freezing (using heavy cream instead of wine). It’s to die for! Thanks for this AWESOME suggestion. I’m all about trying it out and it shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes (even better for the impatient!).

  • nessa

    These look super refreshing!

  • Laurie Campbell

    I tend to like my wine a little on the sweet side and love Riesling. Those look so creamy and refreshing. My friends are wine snobs and only drink red wine, but I’ll take a good white wine any day.

  • Beth

    Sounds amazing! I made a chilled strawberry soup last summer with Reisling, and I can’t wait to try out the combo again! Hope your air conditioner is fixed very soon.

  • Beth Ballard English

    Love Ste. Chapelle! Love Idaho more

  • Rayna W.

    I love refreshing summer drinks, and the color is too pretty to pass up. Thanks for sharing!

  • Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff

    Sweet wine is what I like ;) My air conditioner works just fine, but I’ll take one of these!

  • Beth Abel

    Have you ever made this in advance?

  • annieseats

    This doesn’t lend itself to being made in advance, as it will freeze solid. However, it takes only minutes to make so there is really no need. Enjoy!

  • Kt

    Without an ice cream maker it makes a very yummy, very fancy looking cocktail! I would totally add some mint to this if I had some! Also AWESOME with apothem white wine

  • Jill

    Frozen strawberries and chilled wine in a blender! Really fast and easy. Yes I use less wine. But then you can just drink more of it! And powdered sugar because it dissolves easier in the cold liquid.