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what to do with a bottle of white zin???

beachgirl54 Aug 29, 2006 02:33 AM

No, I did not buy it. Hosted book group and one of the attendees brought it. Can't stand the stuff (reminds me of when I was 16!) but I thought there might be some punch recipe or something I could do with it like a spritzer. I hate waste . . . thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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    WineWidow Sep 1, 2006 02:28 PM

    Along the lines of sangria, make a german "bowle" out of it by throwing in peaches and some liqueur...oughta be enough to make you forget you're drinking a wine that went through a centrifuge!

    1. anna Sep 1, 2006 02:22 AM

      Sangria comes to mind. Lots of fruit, maybe add another bottle or two of another white wine? That would hopefully be enough to cover up the white zin...

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        Roberto Sep 1, 2006 12:46 AM

        One bottle of white zin.
        Two med size carrots.

        Slice both carrots into medium sticks. Simmer one of the carrots in the white zin for about 5 minutes.

        Throw the white zin/carrot mix out and eat the remaining fresh carrot sticks with a sauce of choice and a glass of good chilled Pouilly Fume.

        Good Luck, Roberto

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          chef poncho Aug 30, 2006 04:03 AM

          Wash the bath tub with it.

          1. TorontoJo Aug 29, 2006 01:21 PM

            Blech is right. Nasty stuff. What about using it to make a "white-ish" sangria? Just cut down on any added sugar in the recipe.

            1. rumgum Aug 29, 2006 03:58 AM

              what a great idea!!!

              1. rworange Aug 29, 2006 03:37 AM

                Home-made white zin Strawberry Jello. I'm eating a variation of that now.

                The wine just adds color and the strawberry flavor takes over. I love this stuff, it brings out the juiciness of the berries and is just lucious.

                Here's a link to a version I did with white Merlot. Wine variety doesn't matter too much, actually the less expensive the better since going pricy doesn't add a thing.


                I've played around with this alot and have it down to the simplest version:

                1 pint of strawberries, quartered
                1 cup white zin
                1/4 cup of sugar
                1/2 cup water
                1/2 cup apple juice ... the boxed type
                1 packet of Knox gelatin

                1. Combine wine and sugar and bring to a boil
                2. Add strawberries and simmer 5 minutes
                3. In a heat proof bowl or pot, combine apple juice and water, then sprinkle with gelatin and let sit 5 minutes
                4. Add hot strawberry mixture to apple juice/gelatin
                5. Stir and cool on the counter (about 1 hour
                )6. Put in cups (I use tupperware) and chill about 2 hours

                Lasts a week and can be frozen for a sorbet/granita like texture.

                I orgininally followed a Martha Stewart recipe and didn't need to get so fussy. She calls for cooling the mixture in an ice bath.

                I made the exact same recipe using an ice bath and one that was just left on the counter. They turned out identically.

                1. Olivia Aug 29, 2006 02:41 AM

                  I think the new Giada De Laurentis (sp?) cookbook has a recipe for an aperitif that uses rose wine and sage leaves steeped together. Sorry, I don't have the cookbook or the recipe, but maybe another person does?

                  She suggests that you give it as a hostess or holiday gift.

                  3 Replies
                  1. re: Olivia
                    Robert Lauriston Aug 29, 2006 02:42 AM

                    White zinfandel's not a substitute for rose.

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston
                      Candy Aug 29, 2006 02:42 PM

                      Amen! It is a cardinal sin to even think white zin could be used as a substitute for rose

                      1. re: Candy
                        Olivia Aug 30, 2006 03:40 AM

                        As a wine to drink in itself, I agree with you both.

                        However, as a mere punch or cocktail ingredient that someone is trying to get rid of, I don't believe it's such a cardinal sin.


                  2. Robert Lauriston Aug 29, 2006 02:41 AM

                    Take it to a party and sneak it onto the drinks table when no one's looking.

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                    1. re: Robert Lauriston
                      beachgirl54 Aug 29, 2006 03:21 AM

                      Oh, I just couldn't . . . I'm thinking with some seltzer and a big squeeze of lime and ice, it might be okay. MIGHT.

                      1. re: beachgirl54
                        coolbean98 Aug 31, 2006 12:01 AM

                        I think I re-gifted a bottle of white zin once to a very forgiving friend. You can also disguise it as a sangria.

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