*This post (Riesling Pops) is sponsored by Wines of Germany, but the opinions and recipe are my own! This content is intended for 21 and over.*
As the summer comes to a close, may I offer up one more recipe for your summer nights? For the adults, who doesn’t have warm memories of a drippy sugary popsicle during the summer heat?? I know I do! Well let’s re-introduce our childhood favorite by taking it up a notch with wine! These Riesling Pops play on all of our favorite childhood memories while adding in some of the best parts of adulthood, enjoying great wines from around the world!
Wines of Germany
Five years in to food blogging and I am still learning so much in the areas of food and wine. While I passively assumed that most countries in Europe contributed to the great wines we enjoy here in America, with a little reading I’ve learned more specifics about their contributions. Many of us know about the famed Champagne region in France or the Sangiovese we get from Italy, but have you fully explored Riesling and its birthplace in Germany? Germany still produces more Riesling than any other country, and the grape thrives particularly well in German wine growing regions like the Mosel, Rheingau, Nahe and Pfalz.
While Germany’s role in the wine world is solidified by Riesling (and I am forever grateful for it!), it boasts a number of red and white varieties from its 13 distinct regions. Beyond Riesling, Germany produces reds like Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) and whites like Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder) and Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder), among others.
For this recipe, though, we are sticking with German Rieslings! Those familiar with German Rieslings know that they range from bone dry to nectar-like sweet. For those who are new to German Rieslings lets get in to some details! Rieslings can be produced from early harvested grapes to late harvested overripe grapes (and every level of ripeness in between). German Riesling labels typically specify the level of grape maturation at harvest. Riesling is such a versatile grape and Germany has centuries of experience experimenting with all of its expressions.
I tried the 2015 Mönchhof Mosel Slate Riesling Spätlese and the 2018 Schloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett, both available on Wine.com. Although harvested later, the Mönchhof Mosel Slate Riesling Spätlese is a bit drier and more acidic with tropical fruit notes like pineapple, apricot and mango. The Schloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett from the Rheingau is sweet, with tart apple notes that balance the sweetness.
For this recipe I opted for the 2015 Mönchhof Mosel Slate Riesling. The fruit notes played well with the fruit I added to the Riesling Pops!
An adult popsicle featuring Riesling and fruit.
- 2 Cups Riesling
- 1/3 Cup White Granulated Sugar
- 1/3 Cup Water
- 2 Lemons
Add water and sugar to a pot to make a simple syrup. Once combined remove from heat and add Riesling. Squeeze the juice of of one lemon in to the wine mixture.
Slice fruit (strawberries and lemons) and add to the bottom or sides of the popsicle molds. Then pour in wine and simple syrup mixture leaving about 1/2 inch of space for expansion while freezing. Add additional fruit or even edible flowers on top of the wine mixture if you would like. Allow to freeze for 4-6 hours before enjoying.
If you are newer to wine, Rieslings are a good place to start due to their well-balanced acidity and sweetness with familiar fruit flavors. When you try this recipe or create one of your own boozy popsicle concoctions, order your German wines from Wine.com! Use the promo code GERMANY10 that gives you 10% off when you purchase 6 or more German wines. For more information on German wines, check out the German Wine USA website for information on the wines, food pairing ideas, and other fun facts.