I know it doesn’t seem likely, but here you are with leftover wine. This is a public service hack, er…message, that stretches out the last few drops of wine and Champagne from the Holiday Season. When cleaning up after the cocktail and dinner parties, you notice several bottles with a bit of tasty liquid still lingering. Rather than tipping out that leftover wine or Champagne, let’s instead “reduce, reuse, recycle”, the 2020’s resolution.
Beginning with wine leftovers —
1. Make White Wine Vinaigrette:
1/3 cup leftover white wine (you can combine several types of leftover white wine)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 to 3 lemons)
1 teaspoon honey – if the wine is dry. If a sweet wine, omit honey.
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup olive oil
After blending, whisk the olive oil in slowly. Check salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate for up to a week.
2. Elegant Poached Pears in Red Wine (either from flat or sparkling wine):
Use in-season Bosc or Anjou Pears, as they will keep their firmness. Any red wine will be perfect from Cabernet to Chianti. Here’s my favorite recipe.
3. The No-Brainer: Freeze leftover wine in ice cube trays:
When frozen, pop out cubes and throw into pasta sauce, stews, soups, sautéed mushrooms, buzz up your favorite La Croix flavor.
Champagne or other Sparkling Wine Leftovers –
You might want to sit down for these tips:
1. Make Cleaning Spray:
Yes! Sparkling wine can actually become a disinfectant. Simply pour whatever you have left from any Champagne or sparkling wine into a bottle with a spray top. Leave in a dark place for 2 weeks and then use to clean and polish counters, sinks and chrome.
2. Hair and Skin Spa Treatment:
Hair: Mix equal parts of leftover bubbly with hot water. Pour over your hair after shampooing and rinsing. Leave in for 5 minutes or more, and rinse. Result? Silky and smooth locks!
Skin: Antioxidants found in Champagne act as a toner to detoxify and reduce oiliness in skin. Soak some Champagne onto a cotton pad and wipe across your face after cleansing and before applying moisturizer. Or, pour into a bath and sink down into the luxury of the antioxidants.
Are You Still Sitting Down? Try this: Polish Your Shoes with Champagne
3. This hack is courtesy of Mr. Beau Brummell the 19th Century style icon that may have been the first social influencer.
– Towel off dirt and debris from your shoes, top and bottom.
– Use a toothbrush to scrub Champagne into a froth all over your shoes. Then repeat.
– Use a nylon stocking to rub and buff for a velvet finish. Continue until smooth and shined. Thanks, Beau!
These are but a few of my favorites. If you’re interested in my entire list of hacks or want to share your own, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a great toast to the New Year:
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” — T.S. Eliot
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Contributor: Stacie Hunt, Certified Silver Pin Sommelier/AIS; Vice President National Association of Wine Retailers; International Wine Judge, Author, Spokesperson, and Educator.
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