Summer is quickly winding down. The stores are selling school supplies and I even saw Halloween cards at Hallmark last week. But summer is not over yet! The weather is still hot and the days are still long, so I plan to make the most of what is left of Summer 2017. A key component for me to enjoying the rest of summer is sipping on as much Frosé as I can.
What is Frosé you might ask? Frosé is frozen Rosé wine blended with fruit and other spirits. I started hearing about Frosé last summer. Since I love Rosé I was naturally super excited to try it. For some reason I never got around to making it at home for myself, and none of the local restaurants were serving it either. So, this summer I vowed I would have Frosé!
Last month a friend and I had lunch a new restaurant that just happened to also serve Frosé!!! Here was my chance to finally try Frosé! While the food was really good, the Frosé was love a first sip. Frosé is perfect on a hot summer day; its cold and refreshing without being too sweet or too high in alcohol. After that day I knew I had to make this make this at home.
That’s when my quest for the perfect at home Frosé recipe began. For being a fairly new beverage there are literally hundreds of recipes out there. I was on the search for a recipe that was simple and tasted great. In my search I found there are three methods in which to make Frosé. 1. is the double freeze method, where you freeze the wine, blend it with simple syrup and vodka and then freeze it again until it’s slushy then blend it one more time before serving. 2. Freeze the wine in ice-cube trays use frozen fruit and blend or 3. wine ice cubes with fresh fruit sugar and vodka.
All of these methods have their benefits, so I decided to take what worked from each one to make my own ultimate homemade Frosé! Here’s what I did.
The first method uses an infused simple syrup to sweeten the frosé and to give it strawberry flavor. I thought that was great idea. I made my own strawberry infused syrup by heating equal parts sugar and water in a sauce pan, cooking until the sugar dissolved then turning off the heat. Once the syrup was made I added fresh strawberries and let them sit in the syrup, until the syrup was cool. Once cooled I removed the strawberries and set the syrup a side.
The other method I liked was using frozen fruit along with the wine ice-cube. The frozen fruit acts as ice in the slushy keeping the drink frozen while not watering it down. Using frozen fruit elements the need for freezing the drink a second time, which means you can enjoy your frosé that much sooner! I used fresh strawberries that I froze myself, because fresh strawberries tend to be sweeter and ripper than store frozen. If strawberries aren’t in season feel free to use frozen strawberries.
Next, I poured the wine into an ice-cube tray and let if freeze overnight. This is the one draw back to frosé you have to plan ahead if you want to make it. This is not the drink for instant gratification, but it’s definitely worth waiting for!
Those three steps are as complicated as it gets for this frosé recipe. Once you have your wine ice cubes, frozen strawberries and syrup ready it’s time to blend up the frosé!
I put the ice cubes, frozen berries, quarter cup of syrup, quarter cup of lemon juice, vodka, and half a bottle of Rosé in the blender let it rip!
I blended the ingredients until it was smooth and resembled a slushy. If the mixture is too thick add a little more wine to loosen it up and blend again. Also, taste the drink to see if you need to add more syrup for sweetness depending on your taste.
Once the frosé was blended I poured it into a glass and enjoyed. Not to worry, I did not drink the whole pitcher of frosé alone. I enjoyed this delicious frozen beverage while catching up with a good friend. I really hope you give this frosé a try. With Labor Day right around the corner this would be perfect to serve at BBQ or pool party. If you’re like me you don’t need a special occasion to enjoy Frosé. Frosé All Day is the my motto!
1 bottle Rosé wine
2 oz lemon juice
2 oz vodka
2 oz strawberry syrup ( or more to taste
2 cups frozen strawberries
Pour half the bottle of Rosé into an ice-cube tray and let freeze until solid about 4-8hrs.
Wash and hull strawberries place on a plate and freeze for an hour then transfer to plastic bag and put back into the freezer until ready to use.
Place wine ice, frozen strawberries, lemon juice, syrup and the other half of the bottle of wine in the blender. Blend the ingredients until smooth and slushy. pour into glasses and enjoy! Garnish with fresh strawberries if desired.