You’ve probably heard of ice wine–a dessert wine made from grapes that have been frozen on the vine which concentrates their sugars. But wine ice? It was news to us too but anything that has wine in it is worth a try and a few pesos so when we were tipped off to a local concoction of homemade lemon ice drowned in red wine at an ice-cream shop called Neveria Italy in Querétaro, Mexico we went full steam ahead.
We were skeptical. The whole thing sounded like a slushy version of the neon pink wine coolers the cheerleaders used to drink through straws in high school. We became even more skeptical as we watched the guy plop a scoop of pale lemon ice in the bottom of a plastic cup then fill the cup from a jug of cheap Mexican red wine sitting by the cash register.
But then we tasted it, and, yum! The lemon ice gives a summertime pop to the solid red wine that lightens and brightens the whole thing up but not in a bubble-gummy (or cheerleadery) way. Somehow, the combination improves both ingredients and melds them into a drink so tasty we got brain freeze from sipping it so fast and very nearly turned back for seconds.