Rosé Frosé

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Hayley Bisofsky Pope
Cornwall dweller, lifestyle blogger and founder of The Little Naturalists Club
7 July 2023

A cool, refreshing wine slushie is the perfect adult garden treat for balmy, summer evenings. These ice-cold alcoholic beverages have the look and feel of a fancy cocktail, but are relatively easy and simple to throw together. Everyone has licence to put their own spin on this summer favourite, so feel free to mix up the fruit and the spirits, and be sure to try it multiple ways before you settle on your favourite combination!

Let’s talk rosé

The rosé will lose some of its colour and flavour as it’s diluted, frozen and mixed with other ingredients. Therefore it’s important to choose a full flavoured, full bodied and darker coloured rose such as a Pinot Noir or Merlot so the pink really comes though. You ideally want something that holds its own, is able to maintain its flavour and complements the additions that you throw at it.

Food for thought

In this recipe we recommend starting out with strawberries as a main ingredient, but watermelon is also a really refreshing choice. On that note, you can also try raspberries, cherries or peaches; they all work well. We also include a shot of vodka in this version, but feel free to skip this addition completely. If you’re looking to sweeten your cocktail up a little, add a couple of spoons of grenadine: if you do this, cherry and amaretto complement these flavours beautifully.

You will need:

  • A baking tray or something you can freeze rosé in – ice cube trays also work
  • A bottle of your chosen rosé
  • Frozen strawberry or watermelon 
  • Lime juice 
  • Vodka
  • Sugar
  • A blender
  • Caster Sugar and fresh rose petals picked from the garden (to decorate the glass)

Method:

  1. At least 8 hours ahead of time or overnight, pour your wine into your baking tray and leave in the freezer – bear in mind it won’t set completely solid due to the alcohol content.
  2. At the same time, place your strawberries (or other fruit of choice) in the freezer or purchase pre-frozen fruit instead. If you want your drink to be extra chilled for guests, you can also pop your cocktail glasses in the freezer overnight too!
  3. Once everything is ready, place a few frozen strawberries, 1/2 tablespoon of sugar, a dash of lime juice, the vodka and some of the frozen rosé into a blender and blend.
  4. Head into your garden to pick some brightly coloured and highly scented roses that haven’t been sprayed with chemicals or insecticides.
  5. Remove the petals and add some caster sugar to a blender and blend. This will give you a rose scented sugar to decorate the rim of your glass with.
  6. Pour your rose sugar onto a small plate and run a lime around the rim of your glass to moisten it. Then dip your glass into the rose sugar so that the rim has a few millimetres of sugar coverage – enough that you’ll be able to taste it when you sip!
  7. Pour your wine and blended strawberries into the glass.
  8. Top with fruit or enjoy on its own.

This is the taste of summer in a glass; cheers to that!