Jim Miller, president of Jim Miller Gourmet, shows off some packages of the Vino Slush product he sells. All of Vino Slush's products are mixed and packaged in a Batavia facility.

Jim Miller created the Vino Slush for his company, Cherry Orchard Foods (now called Jim Miller Gourmet). The Vino Slush can be added to wine or fruit juice to turn it into a frozen drink.

“I’m just a born entrepreneur. I can’t just watch TV,” said the Union Township resident.

He and his wife, Dottie, had a booth at Trader’s World Flea Market selling another person’s pre-made dip mixes. Miller said he decided to take the plunge and make his own. After months of trial and error, he finally developed 15 successful recipes for dip and dessert mixes.

And Cherry Orchard Foods was born.

“As a whole, these 15 flavors have proven themselves as winners. And the Vino Slush has become the star of the show,” said Miller.

The Vino Slush is a mix that turns any flavor of wine or fruit juice into a frozen, slushy drink. Miller developed it after sampling a similar product while on vacation.

“It just exploded from the first day the website went up. That’s what made me decide this is the wave of the future,” he said.

He has distributors as far away as Canada and as close as the Clermont Springs Deli & State Liquor Agency in Anderson Township.

“It’s very good. It’s something that makes wine sweet and slushy, but the people who like it love it. I have people come in and buy six bags,” said Mary Jo Strassel, Clermont Springs manager.

Miller said he’s currently working on a sugar-free version of the Vino Slush and hopes to one day develop mixes for cocktails like margaritas and daiquiris.

“The Vino Slush doubled our business. We’re acquiring new wholesale accounts all the time. I’m counting my blessings,” said Miller.

For more about the Vino Slush, go to

 Or call 513-752-2646.

Lisa J. Mauch
/The Community Press



 Valerie Hill


Vino Slush  (twist on your typical wine)

 Vino Slush

Photo by Jim Miller -

I was at the Anderson Farmers Market on Saturday and came across a booth giving out samples of a product called Vino Slush. 

Now, don't get me wrong I am certainly NOT a wine snob, but my first reaction was SERIOUSLY!  But to my surprise the "wine slushy" was quite refreshing and delightfully different.

The booth was very busy and the owner sold completely out of his stock.  After talking to the owner Jim Miller via e-mail, he recommended using a very inexpensive wine.

He said that he had used wine from Kroger or Walmart that was $2.99 a bottle and it tasted great!  Now that's what I call BUDGET wine! 

For those of you with kids, you can mix up a non-alcoholic version as well. You can substitute the wine with ginger ale, cranberry juice, or sparkling grape juice. 

Vino Slush comes out as the same consistency as a frozen margarita.  It just a little something different for the summer, and would be the topic of discussion at your next party!  Jim sells the mix for $9.00 a bag and you can get several uses out of the bag. 

I hope everyone enjoyed the long Memorial Day weekend, whether with family, at the Taste of Cincinnati, or picking up great bargains!    

Valerie Hill




Decush ks that Your Customers Will Love

December 17, 2014   -   Slush machines are no longer just for dispensing sweet, sugary drinks. While kids and adults alike flock to all types of slush machines that dispense drinks such as Icees and Slurpees, many restaurants and bars are now offering “top shelf” drink concoctions in their machines.

And today, some of the most popular alcoholic drinks that are created in professional-grade slush machines contain red or white wine, or other types of high-end hard alcohol.

According to an article recently published on the Wine Enthusiast website entitled Frozen Drinks Go Top Shelf, there is a popular trend for bars and restaurants to offer top shelf alcohol in drinks created in their slush machines.

The article states, “The convenience-store Icee machine is now behind dozens of America’s best bars, helping mixologists create a new breed of cocktail—the sophisticated frozen drink.”

The article also says, “Now, bars across the country are following suit, buying into the very simple idea of using quality ingredients to create complex, boozed-up Slurpees.”

Popularity of the Wine Slush

Companies such as Vino Slush  are popping up left and right. While Vino Slush is a product that does not require a slush machine, the product is an example of how much people love the concept of a wine slushie drink.

According to the company, which describes its product as a Refreshing New Way to Drink Wine, “The first two events at which we sold our Vino Slush wine slush mix, we sold out completely. We tracked our sampling results and it turned out that 70% of the people who tried our samples (using non-alcoholic wine for the samples due to liquor laws) bought the product. 70%! That’s unheard of.”

While it is certainly possible to create a wine slush without the assistance of a slush machine – as evidenced by the product produced by Vino Slush – it makes sense for a restaurant or bar wishing to create a wine slush for customers to have one or more behind-the-counter slush machines.

According to the website, wine slushies are a monster money maker. “This wine slush craze is sweeping the country. It’s the new way to drink wine. So refreshing, so chic and sophisticated, yet so much fun and tastes so darn good. Your customers will be raving about this product. And repeat business is tremendous. You will find that even many people who don’t like wine will love it when it’s made into a wine slushie.”

The article suggests that wine slushies can be sold at festivals of all types (which allow alcohol), trade shows, cultural events and more.

If you are contemplating adding a slush machine to your restaurant or bar, consider a slush machine that can hold a significant number of servings and has the capacity to produce a substantial amount of product so that you never run out.




Friday Faves: Vino Slush

DATEAugust 11, 2017


Hot summer days call for a cool treat. Vino Slush wine slushy mix is an amazingly simple and fresh way to enjoy your favorite wine.

Vino Slush is unique in that it doesn’t cover the flavor of your wine; it just enhances it. Pick your favorite wine, blend it up, and you have a unique wine slushy drink all your own.

I’ve made these slushies using both the freezer method and the blender method, and they’re both great. I personally like the freezer method because it’s less messy, but the blender is great for when you want a slushy in a hurry.

We’ve been carrying Vino Slush in-store for several summers, and it’s consistently a hot item with rave reviews. If you’re not lucky enough to live near us, order it by sending an email to our ordering department.






Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Who doesn't love a nice, cold frozen drink during the summer time?  Okay, I know it's just about winter right now, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a nice frozen or even chilled drink in front of a nice, warm fire.  

One of my favorite drinks is a frozen drink, mixed with wine....imagine that!  It can be chilled, frozen or on the rocks, it doesn't matter.  

This Vino Slush Mix, shown below, is a mix that you can mix with a bottle of or white...doesn't matter, but I prefer it with red.  

All you have to do is mix it, freeze it and then serve.  It's as simple as that.  When you hear the name Vino Slush, the first thing that may come to your mind is a slushy... and you would be correct, because this Vino Slush Mix, when frozen and then allowed to thaw a bit, becomes a slushy.  


The Vino Slush Mix contains all natural ingredients: Sugar, Tea, Citric Acid, Natural Flavoring and less than 2% silicon dioxide .

When mixed with wine, it tastes absolutely delicious!  Not too sweet, but sweet enough. Depending also on the wine you use, it can be sweeter when used with a Moscato wine or less sweet, by using a Merlot.  Either way, this tastes divine!

I also like to turn this into a Sangria. Just add a bottle of your favorite wine to the mix, add slices of desired fruit and then chill in the frig for a few hours!  The fruit actually absorbs the alcohol from the wine and makes for a great Sangria.

If you do not drink alcoholic beverages...that's no problem.  This Vino Slush Mix tastes just as good in Cranberry juice, Apple juice, non-alcoholic wine, Sparkling juices and Pomegranate juice, without the alcohol content.  You can have it both ways and still have a very enjoyable and refreshing drink.

AND....since Christmas and the New Year's is about to come upon us, this would make an excellent gift.  Anyone who loves wine, this would be the idea gift to give.  

It turns wine into something totally different. You can purchase this at They have Vino Slush Bulks that you can purchase in 30 lb. cases.  Another reason to hit this up for holiday gifts!  

Have a wedding or party coming up, why not purchase some Vino Slush Mix and see how it impresses your guests.  I bet they will be asking what your secret is after their first sip.

Serve this wine mix in a nice large pitcher, topped with various fruits at parties or events or frozen and served as a Granita.  

VINO SLUSH - Wine Slushy Mix.  The Wijn House  $10.00
Do you ever wonder what would happen if Margaritas and wine fell in love, got married and had lots of delicious tasting babies? No? Just me? Weird.
Anyway, that's sort of what this is like, depending on what kind of wine you use to blend with it.
This would make a perfect and refreshing drink during the hot summers of Iowa, just mix with a bottle of your favorite Iowa wine, add some ice and stir it up for a delicious, tasty new spin on drinking wine.
Bonus if you live in central Iowa you can pick this up in store at The Wijn House in Pella or order online for a perfect stocking stuffer.
The Wijn House is an amazing wine boutique featuring all Iowa wines, rotating wine tastings, THESE wine slushies, lots of little wine gift items and more.


         Wine Slush Mix Company Announces New Product – Bourbon Slush Mix


CINCINNATI, OHIO  May 4, 2021- Jim Miller Gourmet, maker of Vino Slush Wine Slush Mix, has announced a new product just in time for the summer – Bourbon Slush Mix. It tastes just like the old, traditional bourbon slush recipe, but without all the fuss.


No need to cook sugar and water to make a simple syrup. No need to brew tea from scratch. No need to measure out sugar or any other dry ingredients. Just add lemonade, orange juice and water. You can also flavor it with syrups or fresh fruit.

Owner Jim Miller states, “You can use any brand of bourbon or hiskey with our Bourbon Slush Mix. We've added a few new ingredients to the traditional recipe to make it even more flavorful.”

Jim Miller Gourmet has been selling its Vino Slush wine slush mix since 2010 to over 450 wineries, plus many shops and stores all across the country. The mix works with any kind of wine – red or white, sweet or dry. The mix can also be used for cocktails using spirits instead of wine.

They have many cocktail recipes on their website. The wine slush mix is available in re-packaged pouches and 30 pound bulk cases. The bulk cases allow customers to save money by not having to pay for packaging when using the mix in a frozen drink machine.

The company also sells their special pouches empty so customers can fill the pouches from the bulk mix and add their own labels for their own private label wine slush mix. Plus, they make an extra dollar profit by doing so.

The company also has dealers around the country that sell their products at special events such as festivals, craft shows, fairs, farmers markets, etc. In addition to their Vino Slush wine slush mix and the new Bourbon Slush Mix they also sell Wine Mulling Spices and Bread Dipping Mixes. New wholesale inquiries are welcome.                                   

Miller says, “2020 was our biggest year ever. Now, it’s nice to branch out into a new market for folks who also enjoy bourbon drinks."                                       



Jim Miller - Owner
Jim Miller Gourmet

          Jim Miller Gourmet’s Bourbon Slush:

          Ready-To-Make Frozen Drink Mix

As the temperature rises, refreshing, cool drinks are a must. One of our favorite types of drinks to enjoy during the hot summer months is slushies.

Nothing cools you off faster than the delicious flavors of a blended ice drink sending shivers down your spine. Throw in some alcohol and you’ve got a summer party going.

We were recently introduced to Jim Miller Gourmet’s Bourbon Slush, a ready-to-make bourbon slushie mix that is sure to fill your summer with delicious frozen treats. Just mix, freeze, serve, and enjoy.

Jim Miller Gourmet's Bourbon Slush: Ready-To-Make Frozen Drink Mix

Jim Miller Gourmet’s Bourbon Slush Mix is a throwback to the old-
fashioned traditional bourbon slush with a few added ingredients to reduced prep time to make it faster, more convenient to make, and incredibly delicious.

This Bourbon Slushie is easy to make and will sure to be a great hit at your next get-together, especially on those hot summer days.

It only takes five ingredients to create this delicious recipe, thanks to Jim Miller Gourmet’s Bourbon Slush Mix having almost everything you need. We’ve included their recipe below so you can create this frozen delight at home.

BOURBON SLUSHIE (Makes 1/2 gal)

Jim Miller Gourmet's Bourbon Slush: Ready-To-Make Frozen Drink Mix

1 pouch of Jim Miller Gourmet’s Bourbon Slush Mix
6oz. Frozen Lemonade Concentrate thawed (Do not add water.)
6oz. Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate thawed (Do not add water.)
3 cups of any brand of Bourbon or Whiskey (<— click the link for brands we’ve covered)
2 1/2 cups of water

Stir until the Bourbon mix is fully dissolved. Freeze until solid – 10 hrs or more. (overnight is best)

OPTIONAL: After freezing add more bourbon to individual servings in glass, not to the entire batch

The best part, you can make your slushie even more delicious by adding additional flavors with flavored syrups.

Head over to or for a wide variety of flavored syrups to enhance the overall flavor of your Bourbon Slushies.


Try a flavor like Peach, Cherry, Maple, or Raspberry for an even more delicious Bourbon Slushie. We love the idea of getting several syrup flavors so your guests can enjoy individual flavors.


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