6 Uses for Leftover Wine

6 uses for leftover wine

Ever have extra wine hanging around?  This is a very rare happening in my household, but sometimes when we have gatherings there may  be some opened, unfinished bottles at the end of the night.  Either we can drink it within the next few days (depending on the blend) or we can use it in a few different ways.  Here are some interesting uses for leftover wine!

6 uses for leftover wine

COOK WITH IT!  Wine can be a great addition to a number of recipes including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Coq Au Vin
  • French Onion Soup
  • Beef Stew

ICE CUBES: You can used wine cubes for a couple of things:

  • Use them to chill red wines such as sangria
  • Cook with them (best practice would be to measure how much wine fits in each cube so you’ll know how many cubes will be needed for your recipe)

LOLLIPOPS, OF COURSE! I have to try this recipe for wine lollipops…

FABRIC DYE: You need to be a bit creative and liberal with what the color’s end result on the fabric you are dying will be, but it could be the next new color of the season!

SOFTENING SKIN: It is common in India to find wine used in facials for softening and brightening the skin.  I’ve used, and written about, certain grapes used in scrubs and other lotions for the face and body. Reservatrol has been shown to reduce the signs of aging.  I sometimes feel that it helps me, at the end of the day, reduce any wrinkles that may form from my boys’ antics.

TRAP FRUIT FLIES: Yes, this sounds gross, but I have on a few occasions dealt with fruit flies.  Unfortunately they usually landed in my glass of wine.  Makes sense that wine can be used to trap these little buggers.  Pour a glass of wine and place a piece of plastic wrap over the top.  Poke a few holes in the wrap so that the flies can get in, but they can’t get out!

Although I like to enjoy my glass of wine, there are many other uses other than the typical.  Are there any other uses for wine that you use?  I would love to know!

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Dana Peller

Dana Peller

I’m a wife, mom, biz owner, writer, creator, and TV personality. My days are accomplished with a dash of flair, lots of style, and fueled by coffee.

About The Author

Dana Peller

Dana Peller

I’m a wife, mom, biz owner, writer, creator, and TV personality. My days are accomplished with a dash of flair, lots of style, and fueled by coffee.

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18 thoughts on “6 Uses for Leftover Wine”

  1. Oh my goodness, this us the BEST!!!! Wine Lollipops, who would’ve thought!!! I love following your Blog, great ideas!!!!


  2. Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog

    I’ve been meaning to pick up an ice cube tray for leftover wine for a while now. I had no idea people use wine as a skin treatment! That opens up a whole new avenue. Haha! =)

    1. Miranda, I actually bought this body scrub by Caudalie that has crushed cabernet grapes as one of the ingredients (the reservatrol is great for your skin). It works wonderfully and smells delish!

  3. Extra wine???? Never heard of such a thing! Hanaha Really original I know. Hehe

    But seriously I would love to try the lollipops!! How fun would they be for a girls night!

  4. Jessica H.

    I have definitely enjoyed a glass of wine on my deck outside until a little gnat found its way into my glass. A bummer, but definitely a good bug catcher! The only time I really cook with wine is to make a nice red sauce. Other times, there really isn’t any left to spare! 😉

  5. Debrah Nadler

    This is fantastic! There are lots of things I had never thought of.

  6. Lisa Sharp

    Reducing food waste is one of my goals this year. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Glad I could help! Check out my uses for banana peels post…that will help you as well!

  7. Left over wine? What is this you speak of!? Ha!
    Lollipops????? I have to try!

  8. Jasmine Maria

    That’s insane. I never knew you could use wine to trap fruit flies!!!! I need to try this.

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