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So if you know me at all, you know that I love my wine–red, to be specific. I always say I only drink three things: water, coffee and wine. It’s really all one needs to survive, if you think about it.
But a few years ago, I came across a delicious drink that I have searched high and low ever since. It was at this little local Italian restaurant in my college town of Tallahassee, FL. It was called “Shooting Star Black Bubbles” and I ordered it for that reason–what a cute name, amirite?! But what the waiter brought out to me in that champagne flute was so much better than the name. It was a deep, blackberry colored wine filled with rich, bursting little bubbles. I became obsessed, but have never been able to find it since.
So a couple weeks ago when my sparkling-obsessed boyfriend bought a soda stream, I had the life-changing idea to create my own sparkling red wine. The results were fantastic. First of all, let me say that Soda Stream clearly says that it is made only for water. So don’t go blaming me if you don’t have the same results I do. I assume no liability should you eff up your Soda Stream. That being said, I decided it was worth the risk and filled the mini bottle with red wine to test out my genius plan. Here’s how I did it:
First, store your red wine in the fridge so it is nice and cold when you’re ready to add the bubbles. Then open the wine and fill the mini Soda Stream bottle about 3/4 full – just so the liquid reaches the tip of the nozzle. Then gently press the Soda Stream button two times – you do not want to wait for the buzz sound. After a about 10 seconds, press the button twice more without buzzing the Soda Stream.
Now you’re ready for the buzzing. Press it until it makes the sound and then let it sit for about a minute, or until you don’t see all the fizz at the top anymore. Now you can buzz it twice more. Let it sit for another minute and slowly lift the bottle out of the machine. Stop if it fizzes too much – just like you would when opening a soda bottle. After sitting for about five minutes, your sparkling red wine should be ready.
This delicious treat makes me feel like I’m drinking some celebratory champagne, all while retaining the delicious taste and health of red wine. It’s totally a win/win! You could also use this method for adding bubbles to any wine that you prefer.
Have you ever made your own sparkling wine?
Photos by Johnny Cheng.