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What To Do with Vidal Blanc? Punch, Cocktails - Need Ideas

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I have now acquired about three bottles of vidal blanc though our wine club (not all at one time, so two different vintages).  I need to use them.  I am not really a dessert wine kind of person normally.  I have a party coming up, could I make them into cocktails, or even better a punch??? If so, any ideas on what to mix with it to help tone down the sweetness?

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Jul 15, 2011 - "Wine Cocktails" on greensinner.com

Second cocktail down looks pretty decent. Alternatively you could reduce one bottle down and use it as a sauce, either for seared foie gras, or potentially on ice cream? I'd probably lean in the foie direction.

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On 12/15/2018 at 2:14 PM, Mark Slater said:

Freeze it. 

I have never frozen wine before, I assume you put it in ice cube trays then throw it in a blender?

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On 12/17/2018 at 11:23 AM, ktmoomau said:

I have never frozen wine before, I assume you put it in ice cube trays then throw it in a blender?

No, stick the cork back in halfway, put the bottle in the freezer, and then either let it thaw the next day, or *carefully* microwave it on a low setting, checking it every 15 seconds or so until you get the hang of it (microwaved wine can overheat very quickly if you aren't monitoring).

Frozen Wine (cooter)

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On 12/14/2018 at 4:16 PM, ktmoomau said:

I have now acquired about three bottles of vidal blanc though our wine club (not all at one time, so two different vintages).  I need to use them.  I am not really a dessert wine kind of person normally.  I have a party coming up, could I make them into cocktails, or even better a punch??? If so, any ideas on what to mix with it to help tone down the sweetness?

Honestly I would just pour it down the drain. I wonder if it might help a compost patch. No.....just pour it down the drain.

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I ended up making a sangria style punch with pomegranate seeds, raspberries, blackberries and cherries, vermouth, triple sec and some ginger ale and club soda.  It wasn't as fizzy as a champagne punch which I like more, but it was passable.  But as with a lot of punches, a lot went down the drain at the end of the party too.  

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