I love this time of year. Hot, sunny days at the river and warm summer nights on the balcony with friends. And what better drink to cool down from the heat than a refreshingly fruity Strawberry Frosé, or Wine Slushie. Frosé took the blogging world by storm over the last couple of summers, and for good reason. This adults-only mashup of a frozen cocktail and summery rosé wine is as beautiful to look at as it is delicious to drink, ideal for summer celebrating with friends.
I like to make my frosé with strawberries to enhance the flavour and colour, but it works well with other summery flavours too: peaches and watermelon are perfect partners for this refreshing drink. Frosé is super simple to prepare, though it requires a little planning. The strawberries are quickly macerated with sugar to release all their flavoursome juices, then frozen with a bottle of rosé wine. After around 6 hours you can blend the lot up to alcoholic-slushy deliciousness and enjoy.
As with all frozen drinks, you need a blender with a bit of grunt behind it to break the ice up properly. If your blender is a bit older or a lower wattage, wait 5-10 minutes after taking the wine out of the freezer before blending, then put the whole blender jug back in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up. It’s nice to garnish Strawberry Frosé Wine Slushies with a few slices of fresh strawberry and some mint, and you’ll need thick straws or small spoons to help you hoover up all that icy goodness.
I hope you’re keeping cool out there and enjoying the lazy days of summer. If you’re looking for more ways to use up those summer strawberries, why not try my German Strawberry Cream Torte? As always, happy cooking and cheers! xJ
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- 250g strawberries
- 100g sugar
- 750ml bottle rosé wine
- strawberry slices
- mint sprigs
Hull and roughly chop the strawberries, then stir together with the sugar in a small mixing bowl. Allow to macerate at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Line a 20x30cm dish with clingfilm, and pour in the wine and the macerated strawberries, stirring gently to combine. Transfer to the freezer and freeze for 6 hours until firm - the alcohol will prevent it from completely freezing.
When the mixture has frozen, remove from the freezer. If the mixture is not quite frozen, pour into the blender, blend on high, then place the jug of the blender in the freezer for a furter 30 minutes to firm up, if it has frozen solid, lift out of the dish using the cling film and turn out onto a board. Cut into chunks, then blend on high speed until the frosé reaches the desired texture.
Divide between chilled glasses, garnish with strawberries and mix and serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 285Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 2gSugar: 37gProtein: 1g
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
C an I make Strawberry Frosé as a mocktail / alcohol-free?
Technically yes, this can be a great refreshing summer drink even without alcohol. Use grape or apple juice instead of the wine and omit the alcohol. You could also try using an alcohol-free sparkling wine.
What fruit is best in frosé?
Just about any summer fruit will work with Frosé! Soft fruit like berries, peaches or melon work best.
What wines are best for frosé?
Use a full-bodied, rather than delicate rosé, as the flavour needs to stand up to the freezing. Apart from that you can use any wine that you like. Don’t use very expensive wine for frosé though, this is just for fun!