(Family Features)--Whether it's a semi-full bottle of crisp white or a half-empty bottle of leftover red, there are creative ways to make the most of unused wine.
The World Wine Guys and Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits offer these ideas to help you put your leftover wine to good use:
Make Red Wine Vinegar. Impress your guests by adding homemade red wine vinegar to your next dish. Add one part raw vinegar to two parts leftover red wine then store your mixture in a dark, cool place. Monitor periodically and keep testing until you get the desired vinegar smell, strain and refrigerate. Use as desired on salads and in homemade sauces and marinades.
Create Wine Ice Cubes. If you can't use your leftover white wine right away, pour the remaining liquid into ice trays and freeze. Next time you're enjoying a glass, add some of the cubes to your wine to keep it cold. This trick can also work with a rosé or sparkling wines and Prosecco. Using the frozen wine cubes instead of ice can prevent what you pour from becoming too watered down.
Wine-Based Recipes. Both red and white wines can be used in a variety of different dishes from appetizers to desserts. Keep in mind that open bottles should be used within 2-3 days, so look to use your leftovers sooner rather than later. Try adding wine to a seasonal side dish like white wine glazed carrots. It can also be used as a savory addition to main courses such as this classic red wine tomato sauce.
Source: Family Features Editorial Syndicate