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INDEPENDENCE DAY - It's time for a wine cocktail

I’m like everyone else in this nation, a little divided about so much division among the land of the free and the home of the brave. There’s so much bad political news; some well deserved – others not so much. The 4th falls on a Thursday and my itty bitty small riverfront town likes to celebrate. There’ll be a parade and a boat race and fireworks and a music festival and lots of out of towners down on the river watching hydroplanes blast up and down the water- (if the river cooperates).





  • 3 – 4 cups fresh fruit (strawberries, blackberries, white or purple grapes)

  • 3/4 cup sugar (less if your fruit is really ripe & sweet)

  • 3/4 bottle Lanthier Winery sweet wine (strawberry, blackberry, Mill Street Red or Mill Street White)

  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend for about 2 minutes.

  2. Pour into six 4-ounce popsicle molds or dixie cups, leaving room for expansion.

  3. Freeze until solid (6 hours or overnight)

  4. Run under warm water until popsicle releases from mold. one of that’s for me, I’ll lounge in my pool, maybe drink a Cherry Spritzer or mix up some great cocktail with Mill Street White. If it’s going to be real hot –I’ll make everyone Mill Street Red popsicles. But if you are visiting our site and reading this blog I want to invite you to Madison Indiana, home of the Madison Regatta and the Roostertail Music Festival. Bring your cooler full of whatever beverage you like best, grab a rug to toss on the ground, bring some bucks to get your tickets and enjoy a weekend of All American 4th of July fun. Madison lives at the cross roads of a Bruce Springsteen and Toby Keith song. Somewhere between a little rock and a little country, is a touch of redneck, small town folks with a few big city home-towners who escaped the rush for the slow town style Madison is known for. We call it “quaint."

Visit Madison Indiana

Lanthier Winery is closed the 4th of July unless Mulligan or someone wants to work. I might come down to wander the garden to make sure no unusually intoxicated campers have made a nest among my flower beds and to feed any kitties too silly to come inside before the boom and burst of the fireworks. If you decide to visit be sure to move away from the riverfront hustle if only for a few hours. Madison has some great shops and restaurants and the food on Main Street certainly beats the coney dogs and funnel cakes from the food trucks.

Whatever you do remember to stay safe and celebrate with joy. From all of us at Lanthier Winery we wish you and yours a wonderful celebration.



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Hertz Shoes - my favorite footwear store



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