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Carly's avatar

Could I make Sangria popsicles in my freezer, or does the temperature have to be even colder because of the alcohol content?

Asked by Carly (4550points) April 11th, 2012

My dad has a bottle of gin in our freezer, and it doesn’t freeze (obviously because its not cold enough too), but does that mean something like Sangria wouldn’t freeze, either? It only has a bit of strong alcohol, so I’m not sure what would happen if I tried to freeze it. Has anyone here tried? Does my freezer have to be at a certain temperature?

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ETpro's avatar

Sangria is reasonably low in alcohol, so my guess is it would freeze just fine in the typical freezer. Give it a try. At worst case, you’ll end up with some well chilled sangria to drink. THere could be worse fates. :-)

WestRiverrat's avatar

I think the alcohol would eventually evaporate from the sangria, unless your popsicle molds are airtight, but the alcohol content should be low enough that your popsicles will freeze. The gin doesn’t freeze because the bottle is airtight and the alcohol content is enough to prevent freezing, leave the top off the bottle and the gin will freeze as the alcohol evaporates.

gailcalled's avatar

@Carly: I thought that sangria is make of fruits and wine for the alcohol. I never heard of gin as an ingredient.

“Sangria is a wine punch typical of Argentina, Spain and Portugal. It normally consists of wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy.

In the case of fruits, they are chopped or sliced such as orange, lemon, lime, apple, peach, melon, berries, pineapple, grape and mango.

A sweetener such as honey, sugar, simple syrup, orange juice is added. Instead of brandy, other liquids such as Seltzer, Sprite or 7 Up may be added.” Source

Carly's avatar

@gailcalled oh, no, I wasn’t going to use gin (my dad’s alcohol was just an example). I was going to use wine and brandy.

Carly's avatar

@ETpro this is true, I don’t think my friends would be too disappointed with well-chilled sangrias. thanks for the heads up though :)

fundevogel's avatar

Wine will freeze so I don’t see why not.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Yes, it will freeze. I make Sangria in the summer to take to the host/hostess of BBQs & get togethers. I freeze some of it in ice cube trays. Then use that in place of regular ice cubes. Usually I freeze some of the fruit to add in so it stays extra cold on a hot day.

Thammuz's avatar

Depends on how alcoholic you make your sangria.

Long drinks are usually, as the name suggests, long, as in they have very little alcohol, so you should be good.

At any rate, just try, worst case scenario you get cold sangria.

wallabies's avatar

Can I have one??

thorninmud's avatar

It will freeze, yes, but it will also tend to melt quite quickly, which could be a problem for popsicles.

I used to make a gewurztraminer sorbet. I used a commercial ice cream turbine, and I could get it to freeze OK, but I had to get it out to the table very quickly, and it tended to turn to soup before you could eat it.

gailcalled's avatar

@thorninmud: Call it a beverage and stick a straw in it. it does seem like a a lot of work when you could simply serve lime sorbet with the Gewurst. nicely chilled in a glass.

But I have always admired your inventiveness and willingness to expend huge amounts of labor in order to produce something interesting.

(Or serve in a bowl with fresh raspberries and mint and hand everyone a spoon.)

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