Red Wine Ice Cream Recipe | How to Make Red Wine Ice Cream

Red wine ice cream. Yum. Image courtesy Saz in the Cellar.

Red Wine Ice Cream Does Exist

Red wine enthusiasts rejoice, your favorite beverage is also available in frozen form. The concept caught my attention only recently, but there’s an ice cream company called Mercer’s that makes some delectably crafted red wine ice cream. Don’t feel like spending money on Mercer’s ice cream? Consider making your own right at home! We provide a commonly used recipe below, along with a couple other alcoholic ice cream recipes.

So is red wine ice cream any good? What makes this after dinner treat special is that the wine flavor present in the ice cream is quite noticeable – but that’s a good thing. Essentially, you’re able to craft a dessert tailored to your particular taste in wine. Make your own or pickup a carton of Mercer’s for an after-valentines day dinner or bring it to your next holiday party!

Note that while red wine ice cream is indeed alcoholic, the reduction process does ultimately reduce the content of alcohol by at least 25%. The alcohol content of the end ice cream product will depend how long you choose to reduce the wine.

What’s the Best Red Wine to Use to Make Wine Ice Cream?

This is what makes this recipe fun. It’s entirely up to you! No matter what varietal you enjoy most, we recommend you spend no more than $15 on a bottle of wine considering that you’ll be adding other ingredients to the mix. While the wine flavor will remain, ingredients like brown sugar, egg yolk and whipping cream will take away from the complexities of the wine.

Red Wine Ice Cream Recipes - Mercer's Wine Ice Cream

Red wine ice cream sorbet. Image courtesy Epicurious.

In other words – there’s no need to use a $50 bottle of 2010 Bordeaux. Consider emboldening your red wine ice cream with full-bodied varietals like fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon, spicy Malbec or flavor packed Syrah.

Red wine blends are also a good call as long as the varieties used are well balanced, fruit forward and bold. One of our favorites for both drinking and blending with ice cream is Dave Matthew’s branded Dreaming Tree Crush. A California North Coast red blend that’s guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. It’s affordable (around $ 13.99) and available widely at most major liquor or grocery stores. You can also have it delivered to your door via

Make Your Own – Red Wine Ice Cream Recipe

Below, we cover one of our favorite rich and complex tasting wine ice cream recipes from Jo and Sue. Separately, you could step the party up a notch and simply buy Mercer’s wine ice cream and make some frozen cocktails.  Scroll down towards the bottom of the page for some of Mercer’s wine ice cream drink recipes – which are quite easy to make simply by blending a few ingredients with ice!


1 bottle of your favorite red wine
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 cups whipping cream
1 vanilla bean (click to order off Amazon)
4 egg yolks
1 cup Half & Half

Red Wine Ice Cream Recipes and Where to Find Wine Ice CreamMethod

  • Step 1: Pour the entire bottle of wine in a large cooking pot and heat on low as a simmer is attained.  Continue simmering the wine until it’s reduced to around 1 cup of syrupy liquid.  This will take approximately 1 hour, so keep a close eye on it.  Once 1 cup of reduced wine is attained, put it to the side.
  • Step 2: Using another smaller cooking pot, add both the brown sugar and whipping cream and whisk the two together.
  • Step 3: Cut the one vanilla bean in half and scrape the small vanilla seeds from the seed pod.  Add both the seeds and the remaining pod into the whisked brown sugar and whipping cream mixture.
  • Step 4: Cook the above mixture on medium heat while continuously stirring until the entire mixture begins to steam. Do not let the mixture get to a boiling point.
  • Step 5: Beat egg yolks in a separate mixing bowl until the consistency is fluid and lightly colored.
  • Step 6: Take the vanilla bean seed pod out of the medium cooking pot and begin to pour very slowly the remaining mixture into the beaten egg yolks.  It is crucial that you do not pour too fast in order to keep the correct consistency.
  • Step 7: Next, pour the entire mixture back into the cooking pot and begin to cook (while stirring), over medium heat until the mixture begins to thicken. You’ll know it’s ready when the mixture sticks and coats the back of a wooden spoon. At that point, remove the pot from the stove.
  • Step 8: While placing a strainer over a large bowl, pour the Half & Half into the bowl through the strainer. Next, pour the egg, vanilla and cream mixture through the strainer as well into the same bowl.
  • Step 9: Now, pour in your reduced wine to the mixture from the initial cooking pot.
  • Step 10: Chill in the refrigerator for several hours.

Simple enough? We think so! Thanks again to Jo and Sue for providing this awesome red wine ice cream recipe. Red wine not your thing? Checkout this amazing Brown Bread and Rum Ice Cream recipe.

Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream Drink Recipes

Checkout the assortment of wine ice cream frozen cocktail recipes provided by Mercer’s below!

Mercer's Wine Ice Cream Recipes | Red Wine Recipes & Treats

Mercer's Merlot Wine Ice CreamWhere to Buy Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream

While Mercer’s headquarters are located in New York – there are a number of whole sale distributors and retailers that provide access to this delicious concoction.  Click here to view a map of brick & mortar retailers within the United States. Alternatively, you could order any of Mercer’s wine ice creams online!



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