I will freely admit that I am a box wine drinker. There. I said it. It's not just all Almaden, my friends. You know that, right? I'm talking decent boxed wine. It's not stunning, but I just pretend I'm at an art opening. I like to have it around when I want just one glass of wine. I like that it lasts for a while. And it's always there when I need to cook. As they say, you should always cook with wine you would drink. By the end of the winter, though, I had a box left that had been sitting around a tad too long. I couldn't bear the thought of drinking it any longer (the down side of a box that holds five bottles of wine!). So I had a plan. First off I froze some in my teeny tiny ice mold. Aren't they cute?
|There's nothing for scale, but they are like the size of a boullion cube.|
Red Wine Syrup
8 cups of decent wine (mine was a medium-bodied Italian blend, not too fruity)
Put the wine in a good stock pot and boil it down in half. Then add:
2 cups of sugar
Return the wine and sugar to a boil. Keep it at a fast and furious boil until it looks syrupy and good to you. For me, this was 222 degrees on a candy thermometer. It was glossy and coated the spoon. See picture below.
Pour your syrup into jars. Yield is three half-pints. I didn't process this, but sealed the jars and put it in a dark, cool place: my basement cupboard. As it's just wine and sugar, I felt okay about this. But if you don't, just put it in the fridge. I'm sure it'll last up to a year in there.
Yes! I've been making this like crazy! (Well, whenever I have leftover wine.) It's great steeped with a vanilla bean and a handful of peppercorns.ReplyDelete
(I like the above idea of vanilla bean and peppercorn too.)
[Can I manage to not drink the wine first? ;) ]
Julia= Brilliant. That is all.ReplyDelete
Amazing. Great idea. I have been looking for something to accompany basil ice cream. I think this might be it.ReplyDelete
This looks fantastic! Way to use it up instead of throwing it out! It seems we need to take up a box wine habit around here... hmmm... :DReplyDelete
Honestly, you had me at red wine :)ReplyDelete
Yum, Julia! I keep little cubes of red wine in my freezer to add to stews etc, but this syrup looks absolutely delish - can't wait to try it :)ReplyDelete
I like this idea. And I like the idea of a box wine being put to good use! I'd bet you could also freeze the syrup if you were intrepid of leaving it in the fridge or pantry - but I'd agree that it's probably not going to hurt it to hang around for awhile.ReplyDelete
Great idea. Just to make you feel better, I read once that those boxed wines are actually an ideal way to keep wine. I haven't frozen extra wine, because I think I'll use it the next day, but I don't. That blue plate looks really familiar to me...where have I seen it?ReplyDelete
I like the buttermilk ice cream idea.ReplyDelete
Mary Catherine - That sounds brilliant! Going to do that next time...ReplyDelete
Pen and Paperie - I know. It's hard. It doesn't happen to the bottles of wine, which are usually a little tastier...: )
Meg - xo!
Nicole - That is a freaking gorgeous idea. Wow. Can't wait to see it!
Devouring the Seasons - You know it's not that hard. Most are not as big as the one I had. I am your enabler.
Jane - Of course! ; )
Kate - I hope you like it!
Rebecca - Can you freeze syrup? Didn't know that, but seems obvious now...
Sara - Yes, boxed wine is really okay. I'm not that embarrassed. There are some nice ones out there. I am not sure about the plate. I have two teeny ones from my mother. Maybe in another picture of mine?
Denise - Sounds pretty, right?
Marvelous! Higgins restaurant in Portland embellishes a goat cheese appetizer with both a balsamic syrup drizzle and red wine syrup drizzle. Absolutely love both. ...SusanReplyDelete
Perfect for a simple pan sauce for poultry/game/lamb. It does last forever unless contaminated by a. fingers that you have lickedReplyDelete
b. dirty spoons (see a.) or c. being kept in a hot sunny window!
I almost always use wine IN my jams, especially if I'm using them as gifts. I love the idea of using it for a syrup, and it's revealing that my first impulse is to pair it with ice cream. I love the idea of a red wine + buttermilk, but I could also see a white wine or champagne syrup with a peach or citrus ice cream. Mmmm.... thanks for the inspiration!ReplyDelete
LunaCafe - Ooo. Love that. Goat cheese is on my list to make actually...: )ReplyDelete
Pat - Absolutely. I love your style!
Laura - I was thinking of putting this in a jam, as well! And white wine syrup, well, wow! Good idea!
Acookblog.com sent me over here and I've been enjoying reading all your posts! I just had to pop and and say I used to have those exact dishes!! I LOVED them! Sadly enough of ours broke that we moved on to new dishes.ReplyDelete
Mo - Cool! Glad you came. Isn't that funny? I only have two of them and I hope I don't break them...ReplyDelete
I just keep thinking about this. First of all, no more opening a bottle of wine to cook with it, drinking a little bit, and watching the rest go bad. No, no, no. That's bad. Now I know what to do. Also, I love so many of the ideas about how to use this syrup. You know I love to do fall and winter conserves with red wine -- like the quince-y one last year. This'll just take the whole bizness to another level.ReplyDelete
This stuff just makes me sooo happy. I'll bet you'd find a lot of great applications for it. Did I just say applications?? Goodness, I did, didn't I.ReplyDelete
I will try this at home. Thanks for posting this one. Your blog is great. Cheers!ReplyDelete
Timbuktu Shiraz - Why thank you for the nice compliment!ReplyDelete
I'm boiling some wine to make this syrup right now and my whole house smells super boozy! I kinda like it. I think I'm getting tipsy from the aroma of the alcohol burning off. Thanks for the great idea.ReplyDelete
That sounds like fun! Glad you enjoyed. Nothing like a boozy house! ; )Delete
I've found out that wine not only tasty, but also healthful. Here're some facts:ReplyDelete
Value of red wine.
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Thank you for giving the information. It's very helpful for me.ReplyDelete
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Drink Red wine like a crazy, thank same me :d hihiReplyDelete
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