Frosty. Crisp. Refreshing. That’s Frosé!
Jazz up your next gathering with your girlfriends by adding this fruity, flirty and fun drink to your menu. Blend some frozen Rosé wine, fruit and a hint of sweetener until smooth. Pour into a fancy serving glass, stick a straw in, and let’s sip away
Do you like Slushies?
And what about Rosé?
Are you a relatively upbeat person who typically appreciates sunshine, lots of fun and laughter with your girls, outdoor grilling and hammocks?
Then yeah, you’re going to love Frosé — a summer drink dreams wrapped in a beautiful pink bow!
I know some of you are probably thinking, “What the heck is Frosé?”
Well, the term Frosé, (pronounced FRO-zay) comes from the combination of the words frozen and rosé. And as far as names go, it’s quite accurate.
A Frosé is essentially frozen Rosé wine blended with some fruity simple syrup or fruit (fresh or frozen) and lemon juice, a.k.a. the ideal drink to sip on during blazing hot days. Think of it as the perfect boozy slushie to fuel some fun day-drinking shenanigans — just a tad sweet, crisp, incredibly refreshing and dangerously delicious!
If you are not into wines like that, then you may ask what is Rosé?
Well, Rosé wine is a refreshing pink wine, with a bright flavour and many of the same traits as white wine. And somewhere in the last few years, as Rosé was making the comeback of its life amongst wine lovers, some pink drink enthusiast came up with the genius idea of freezing the wine, blending it and serving it in fancy glasses; creating Frosé, which quickly became an internet sensation.
When I discovered how ridiculously easy it was to replicate at home, I couldn’t stop cranking these tasty beauties in my kitchen non-stop; trends be damned! Those of us fortunate enough to live in an annually hot climate get to enjoy this fresh and fun cocktail all year round and I will admit I take full advantage of that! Even my mama has jumped on the Frosé bandwagon and is absolutely enjoying this delicious ride.
Frosé might just be one of the easiest drinks to make — no fancy equipment needed. With just a few ingredients and a blender, you can be slurping these babies out of stemless wine glasses in no time! It’s really just a matter of blending the frozen wine with some fruit…yup, it’s that simple!
Lots of Frosé recipes out there are just straight Rosé wine blended with some ice and a little bit of fruity sweetener to keep the flavour of the wine. Those are really delicious too, but I love fruits, and I love to taste their real flavour in my drink. And so instead of ice, I use real fruits; freezing either the Rosé or the fruits (or sometimes both), and then blend. This way I obtain the iciness needed to make the drink from the wine AND the natural sweetness of the fruit! Exquisite!
When it comes to cocktails, wine drinks – margaritas, sangrias, and fruity drinks are usually what I gravitate towards. When blended with fruits, like cherries, peaches, raspberries, or strawberries, Rosé wine transforms into an amazing frozen drink because these fruits are sweet, juicy, and the perfect complement to most rose-coloured wines. You can use a wide variety of fruits to recreate this recipe and still obtain a very rich and supremely delicious cocktail. I’ve had some amazing Frosés made with watermelon, grapefruit and nectarines, so at the end of the day, all you need is to get creative.
Frosé is such a quick and easy fun cold drink to throw together for parties, friends and family or just a quiet afternoon at home. However, there are different methods for making Frosé. Some involve making a fruity syrup to be used as a sweetener with the frozen Rosé. For others, you need to mix the cocktail, freeze it overnight and then reblend to obtain a slushy consistency before serving. And for some, you need an ice cream maker to churn the blended mixture until it is a thick slushy texture.
But you know what I’m not about to do? I’m not about to take extra steps that, to be honest, really aren’t necessary. I’m all about simple and effective. This simple 4-ingredient cocktail has been blended a bunch of times at my house over the past weeks and there seems to be no end in sight.
The recipe is basically like a regular ole smoothie, which is some frozen Rosé wine and fruit as the main ingredients. The rest of the ingredients are totally optional — a splash of vodka for an alcoholic kick, some sweetener if you like your cocktails on the sweeter side and juice from one lemon if you like a little bit of tartness in your cocktail. Throw everything in a blender and voilà! It takes a little forethought though, since you would have to freeze your wine about 8 hours before or overnight, but other than that, easy-peasy!
» This recipe can also be done with frozen fruits in order to get that perfect slushy texture with a prominent fruity undertone. Fresh, ripe fruits which are in season are naturally very sweet, so feel free to freeze your fresh fruit or any mushy, overripe fruits the next time you have some on hand to enjoy in a future batch of Frosé. The best way to freeze fresh fruits is to wash them with cold water, peel and slice them into cubes if you need to, then toss them with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar to prevent them from turning brown and to kill any bacteria which may still be lingering on the fruit. Arrange them in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and place them in the freezer until frozen. Once completely frozen, transfer them to a large Ziplock bag; this way they don’t all freeze together into one large clump. I love to make my Frosé with part fresh fruits, part frozen. I obtain an amazing texture that way.
» When making this cocktail keep in mind that you don’t need a super fancy wine. There are literally hundreds of different brands of wine, each with their own flavour profile, so your final choice really comes down to personal preference. In other words: use something you like the taste of! But if you are not a habitual Rosé drinker, go for the darkest, most full-bodied Rosé wine, which often has a richer, more concentrated flavour than pale Rosé which tends to lose a little bit of its flavour once frozen.
» If you decide that instead of using frozen wine to make your frosé, you’d prefer to blend fresh fruit, chilled Rosé with some ice blocks to make this cocktail (yes this is another way of making frosé 🤷🏽♀️) you need to be aware of the fact that this will dilute the flavour and alcohol content of your drink. Personally, I’m not a fan of adding ice to blended drinks because the ice eventually melts and waters down your drink. (Same reason why I don’t add ice to my smoothies.) By omitting ice and using frozen fruits/wine instead, you’re adding texture and flavour to your cocktail.
» Depending on the sweetness/ripeness of the fruits or the Rosé you use, you may need to add some sweetener (honey, agave nectar, maple or simple syrup, granulated sugar etc) as you blend the fruit. Just add in one spoonful at a time, to taste while blending.
Pour your Rosé wine into ice-cube trays and freeze (wine will not freeze completely because of its alcohol content) for at least 6-8 hours prior to making these (in other words, plan ahead!)
If you are using frozen fruit for your recipe, whether store-bought or fresh fruits that you have frozen yourself, keep the fruit frozen and the wine chilled until ready to blend. This will ensure you get an ice-cold cocktail.
♦ Put your chopped fresh fruits and your frozen Rosé cubes in a blender and get ready to purée. If you are using frozen fruit instead, pour 2 cups of your frozen fruit in a blender, along with 1 bottle of the chilled Rosé. Play around with the fruit measurements to suit your taste.
♦ You can add some vodka if you want your cocktail to be a little boozier, and for some tart, 1/2 cup lemon juice rounds out the flavours perfectly. Then add in some simple syrup (or sweetener of choice) depending on how sweet you would want your drink.
TIP: For the simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Simmer and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely. Refrigerate any leftovers in a mason jar or any other airtight container.
♦ Blend until smooth and add more wine, fruit or sweetener until desired consistency and taste is achieved. Try also not to blend for too long, because the heat from the blender will actually start to melt all your ingredients.
♦ Pour into a chilled serving glass, stick a straw in and garnish with some mint or a slice of fresh fruit. Now let’s sip away dear friend!
So to summarize, what do we know about Frosé?
Frosty, smooth, boozy
Mildly sweet with incredible flavour
A refreshing drink to sip during summer nights, weekend brunch, or any time you’re in the mood for a frozen drink
What’s not to love?
And speaking of this recipe, its forte is its versatility. If you feel the need to personalize your cocktail, even more, you can spike it with an orange liquor like Cointreau and/or think of all the fun flavour combinations you can come up with!
- Strawberry and Watermelon
- Strawberry and Raspberry (my fave)
- Raspberry and Peach
- Strawberry and Lemonade
- Strawberry and Peach
- Cherry and Watermelon
If you are feeling sophisticated, you can serve your drink in a fancy wine glass, or instead of garnishing your Frosé with sliced fruit, why not dip the rim of your glass in some water and then granulated sugar for some added sparkle.
You wanna know what to pair this amazing cocktail with? Worry not. Rosé is an adaptable wine which can be paired with a host of different dishes, from fish and chicken to hearty beef dishes. This makes Frosé perfect with any BBQ menu and all kinds of easy and fancy finger foods. I am telling you, a big pitcher of Frosé is just what you need at your next BBQ, Family and Friends Brunch, Bridal Shower, Mother’s Day Gathering, Pool Party, Girls Night, um…..Any Given Sunday? All you need to do is freeze your fruit and/or the wine (in an ice cube tray or a large, shallow dish), make a batch of simple syrup, have a blender (my NutriBullet works just fine for me) and a freezer available, and before you know it you and your girls will be sipping on some aaah-mazing Frosé and loving life.
So if like me you are big on frozen margaritas and sangrias, rest assured you don’t need to get rid of them; there are enough scorching hot days for both margaritas and Frosé. This is the perfect addition to the line-up of boozy, chill and delicious cocktails. You can thank me later — Now let’s get to sippin’!