17 Delicious Ways to Use Up Leftover Wine
Wine Ice Cubes
If you can't use leftover wine right away (in a stew, say), fill each cup of an ice-cube tray with 1 to 2 tablespoons. Once they're frozen, transfer the cubes to a resealable plastic bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Then just toss them into soup and other recipes as needed.
Champagne Citrus Treat
Good bubbly shouldn't go to waste. If you happen to have champagne or other sparkling wine left over, turn it into a refreshing brunch or dessert dish. The flavor of sparkling wine is the perfect complement to sweet, tart citrus fruits. For each serving, pour 1/4 cup chilled sparkling wine over 3/4 cup grapefruit and orange segments. Serve immediately.
This French cheese spread is just the thing for leftovers from a wine and cheese party. Simple blitz cheeses with a little white wine and garlic in the food processor until smooth and creamy.
Roast Pork with Pan Sauce
Using leftover wine to deglaze a pan is one of our go-to techniques in the kitchen. Here, it's reduced and combined with flour, pan drippings, and chicken broth to make a rich sauce for roast pork.
Plums with Sparkling Wine, Black Pepper, and Tarragon
It couldn't be easier to dress up plums for dessert: Simple top with leftover sparkling rosso dolce, tarragon leaves, and freshly ground pepper.
Slow-Cooker Sicilian-Style Beef Stew
The trick to making slow-cooker stew super flavorful? Brown the beef first, then deglaze the pan with red wine and add the whole shebang to the Crock-Pot.
Braised Red Cabbage
Cabbage lends itself well to a mix of sweet and savory flavors -- in this case, apples and bacon. Red wine and cider vinegar add extra oomph to this make-ahead side dish.
Spicy Clams with Spaghetti
Everyone needs a quick pasta recipe in their repertoire, and this classic spagetti alle vongole is sure to become a favorite. A little white wine, garlic, and red-pepper flakes really make steamed clams shine.
Simmering dried cranberries and apricots with white wine breathes new life into the fruit, transforming them into plump, boozy morsels of deliciousness. Finish with fresh ginger and white-wine vinegar.
Sauteed Mushrooms with Toasted Flatbread and Baked Eggs
White wine brings out the earthy, umami flavors of sauteed mushrooms. Naan croutons and baked eggs make them substantial enough for breakfast or dinner.
Beat together pureed strawberries, lemon sorbet, and leftover sparkling wine for a delightful adults-only slushie. It's the perfect grown-up summer treat.
Mafaldine with Shrimp and Lemon
Our next-level shrimp scampi calls for making shrimp stock from scratch, using white wine, butter, shrimp heads and shells, and tomato paste. Trust us, the results are so worth the effort.
Honey-Glazed Carrots with Cilantro
Leftover white wine and honey make a flavorful, glossy glaze for tender carrots in this easy vegetarian side dish.
Minestrone with Winter Greens
A little white wine lends complex flavor to this hearty one-pot soup. The recipe works well with any winter green -- try chicory, escarole, kale, or a combination of all three.
A staple at Italian restaurants, this dish makes an easy weeknight entree. It calls for a splash of white wine and lemon juice to cut the richness of the buttery pan sauce.
Scallops with Orange-Butter Sauce
Cook a couple tablespoons of white wine with butter and orange juice for just a couple minutes, and you've got an instant sauce for succulent seared scallops.
Ruby port and fresh cranberries make a divine flavor pairing in this sorbet that's as refreshing as it is striking. Try serving it as an unusual Thanksgiving dessert.