Memorial Day is a special day for our country. It is a day when we remember, recognize, and show appreciation for those who have died serving in our armed forces. Before having kids, Memorial Day was a party day! These days, it is just an extra day at home to relax with the family before getting back to the daily grind.
With Memorial Day just around the corner, I decided to make a layered wine smoothie with red, white and blue layers. It is gorgeous AND patriotic! You can scroll down for the full recipe, or read on and hear my musings along the way!
It may look difficult, but I promise it’s not! If you have a blender and will plan ahead a few hours, it couldn’t be easier! I got the idea of doing a layered wine smoothie from the Tasty video that has been making the rounds on the internet. It is a pretty drink, but honestly didn’t seem like it would be all that (for lack of a better word) tasty. I wanted to make something unique, patriotic and delicious! This drink hits all three areas superbly! To start, you need to freeze one whole bottle of a sweet white wine in ice cube trays.
Now, onto the layers! The bottom layer is made of wine cubes, strawberries and blueberries. This part took a lot of trial and error getting just the right combination to make a gorgeous red! I’ve tried a lot of wine smoothies over the last few days, and I think I’ve perfected it! The secret is 2 parts strawberries to 1 part blueberries. Too many blueberries turns it purple, not enough leaves it pink.
My girls loved me doing this post because they could eat all the fruit their little hearts desired… and their little hearts desired A LOT of fruit!!
On to the blue… Here’s a fun fact for you: If you blend blueberries and wine cubes, you will NOT get the color blue… you will get purple. I tried so many different ways to blend the blueberries in to the blue section, but I just kept getting PURPLE! So eventually, I threw in the towel on that idea and just went with good old food coloring. It does the trick and the blue came out beautiful and vibrant!
Here’s a pro tip to help keep the smoothie colors well separated while you’re making it: After adding each layer, put it in the freezer so the new layer can harden just a bit so when you add the new layer it will sit nicely on top and not get all slushy together.
Pro tip #2: You can make these ahead of time and freeze them! Since alcohol doesn’t freeze to a solid state, they won’t turn into an ice cube! Pull them out a few minutes before you’re ready to serve them and wipe the frost off so you can see the beautiful layers!
I’ll end with this: I know that making a wine smothie may not seem like an appropriate way to honor our fallen soldiers, I would argue that it actually is. These men and women died protecting our freedoms. Freedoms ranging from our right to vote, down to the everyday mundane. Freedoms like going out on the lake and having fun with friends, or freedoms like going on a picnic with your family and sitting in a beautiful city park, or freedom to simply have a day off to unplug. These freedoms should not be taken for granted. So I believe a perfect way of honoring those who have died serving is by just enjoying our simple freedoms, while remaining conscience of their sacrifice.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! I had a blast making (and testing!) the smoothie! Let me know what you think in the comments section below!
- I bottle sweet white wine
- 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- blue food coloring
- Freeze entire bottle of wine in ice cube trays
- Once frozen, take 1/3 of ice cubes and blend with chopped strawberries and blueberries
- Pour into 4 glasses
- Rinse blender
- Blend 1/3 of the wine cubes
- Pour into 4 glasses on top of the red mixture
- Blend remaining 1/3 wine cubes
- Add 4-6 drops of blue food coloring
- Blend until color is consistent throughout
- Pour into your 4 glasses on top of the white layer