Leftover wine? Never thought we'd see the day! Whether you've popped a cork alone or are suffering the aftermath of a house party, a half-used bottle of Pinot Noir may be unusual (and maybe a little tragic), but it happens.
So how does one deal with excess wine? If you say, "pour it down the drain," you may have lost your mind. Out of the question! There are ways you can put it to good use without wasting valuable vino.
1. Use It as a Dye
Ever use red wine as a dye before? The clumsy among us might say, "Not on purpose..." If you've ever spilled wine on your carpet, you're well aware of how aggravating the stuff can be to get out. That being said, think about how great of a dye wine can be! And who wouldn't want to drape themselves in an elegant, Merlot-esque color?
Heat up your leftover red wine in a pot, place your fabric in it, and stir for 10 minutes. Take the fabric out of the brew, allow it to cool, and rinse with water. Tada! You've got yourself red wine-colored fabric.
2. Bait Fruit Flies
It's war! They swarm around us like a vicious pack of bees. They devour our apples and bananas as though they contribute to our monthly rent. They're fruit flies - and they're going down! Victory is just one trap away when using this leftover-wine bait.
What You'll Need
- A bowl
- Scotch tape
- Leftover red wine
- Saran Wrap
- Fill your bowl halfway with wine.
- Cover it with Saran Wrap.
- Tape around the bowl to secure the Saran Wrap.
- Poke about 15-20 holes on top of the Saran Wrap with a toothpick.
- Make sure the holes aren't too small for the fruit flies to get inside, but not too big so that they can escape.
- Place near the fruit fly gang and say "adios!"
3. Anti-Aging Facial Mask
"Wine? On my face?" Well, why not? It's aromatic and has antioxidants. Plus, we've heard of people putting worse stuff on their face for the sake of youth. RealSimple suggests a wine-based facial mask that will not only repair sun-damaged skin, but also expel impurities.
- 1/4 cup of wine
- 1/4 cup kaolin clay
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 1 tablespoon organic oat flour
- Mix up all the ingredients.
- Apply to your face and don't forget the neck!
- After 10 minutes, rinse off with warm water.
4. Make Chocolate Wine Balls
If you've ever had chocolate balls, you'd know that this delightful dessert is like heaven and hell clashing on your taste buds - so delicious that it's divine, but so decadent that it's sinful! But if you add red wine to it? So good, you just might eat the plate too. Try it. You'll thank us later.
5. Use White Wine as a Disinfectant
Yes, we're telling you to use white wine as a disinfectant. No, we're not crazy. And yes, there is a method to our madness. According to Oregon State University food scientist Mark Daeschel, white wine kills microbes - even food-poisoning culprits such as E. Coli and salmonella.
The mélange of alcohol and acidity helps to remove stains, and is a better alternative to using standard cleaners, which typically have harsh chemicals. So next time you're scrubbing your countertops or sinks, reach for your leftover white wine and leave your regular cleaner on the shelf.
If you need to preserve your wine, here's a clever tip: freeze it in an ice tray. As per the California Wine Club, 10 to 12 cubes yield one cup of wine, which is useful info if you ever need to make wine-infused dishes.
So in the unlikely scenario that you happen to ever have leftover wine, there's no excuse to let it go to waste!