5 Boxed-Wine Upgrades That Make It Taste Like the French Stuff
While we could never completely forgo our favorite bottled varieties, boxed wine has certainly found a place in our kitchen this summer. As far as we’re concerned, the adult juice box is back. Not convinced? Let’s list some of the benefits: It’s ridiculously affordable. Most of them range between $10 and $20, but one box is equivalent to four 750-ml bottles. They’re portable, making them ideal for last-minute weekend picnics and barbecues. They’re unbreakable, so no more stress about spilled wine in your suitcase. You don’t need a corkscrew to open it. And the kicker? Thanks to the unique bag-in-a-box packaging, your wine will stay fresh for up to four weeks after opening. So take your time, relax, and enjoy every sip in your own time.
To honor our new vino obsession, we devised some simple recipes that will elevate your boxed wine of choice to new heights. We promise even the fussiest of palates will rejoice in these juicy upgrades.
This recipe is perfect for last-minute weekend hangs. Despite the awesome taste (who doesn't love sangria?) it also requires the least amount of work. Fresh berries work best but you can swap in frozen if that's what you have available, they just won't hold their shape and will most likely blend in with the wine. If you want to add some zest, throw in some orange or lime slices. Delicious.
Move over rosé-infused gummies, this adults-only sorbet is the next big thing. We recommend making it during the week so it's ready to scoop when the weekend comes around. Indulge in a boxed-wine sorbet cone on your front porch as you listen to your favorite tunes in the sunshine. Now that's living.
This refreshing recipe is for the die-hard boxed-wine fans who love to drink it without any flavor enhancements. The simple spritzer alters the original slightly with a refreshing touch. It's perfect for those hot days when too much wine in the sunshine will make your head spin. And nobody wants that.
Warning: This one will evoke a heady dose of nostalgia. You'll be transported back to your summers as a free-spirited youth eating watermelon slices on the beach. Feel free to experiment with the measurements in this recipe and adjust according to your taste. Add more watermelon if you like it sweeter, or less if you prefer a subtle flavor. We garnished it with pomegranate for added tangy texture but you could just as easily sprinkle fresh mint too.
We saved the best for last and perhaps the most difficult of all five recipes, but it's worth the effort—promise. It combines two of our favorites: boxed wine and cherries. The flavor combination is an absolute hit with everybody. Trust us when we say they'll want more than just one. Just make sure you hide it from the kids.