I love Strawberries. I love Rosé. I love frozen cocktails.
I love to drink Frosé !
I am constantly tweaking my Frosé recipe. So much depends on the ripeness of the strawberries. If they are naturally sweet, I don’t add any simple syrup. If they are too white on the inside, I will add some grenadine to give the Frosé some more color. Sometimes, if I forget to sweeten the strawberries beforehand, I will eliminate the sugar, and just put the strawberries, lemon juice and 1/2 cup simple syrup directly into the blender. I always have an extra bottle of Rosé on hand in case I add too much ice and need to thin it down. And then when the Frosé runs out, I can just sip the rest of the Rosé. I like mine really thick, and eat it with a spoon. If you prefer to sip it, then use less ice.
My favorite Rosé to use in Frosé is Kaia from Total Wine. It is a Pinot Rosé and only costs $9.99 a bottle or $8.99 when buying six or more bottles of wine. Because I am adding so much flavoring to the wine, there is no need to use an expensive bottle. A darker Rosé works best. A salesperson at Total Wine told me that Kaia is made by the Coppola family, but for some reason they don’t put the family name on it like they do for Sofia. I have no way to verify this, but I do think the two taste a lot alike!
Here is my latest version of the recipe. If you try it out, let me know!
1 750 ml bottle Rosé (darker ones like Merlot or Pinot work best)
1 pint strawberries, hulled, quartered
⅓ cup sugar
1½ ounces fresh lemon juice
1 cup ice cubes
¼ to ½ cup simple syrup, if desired
Pour bottle of rosé into a 13×9″ pan and freeze until almost solid (it won’t completely solidify due to the alcohol) at least 6 hours. Mix the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a bowl and refrigerate at least one hour before making the Frosé . Put the frozen rosé, strawberry mixture and ice into blender and purée until smooth. Taste. Add simple syrup if you prefer it sweeter. Add grenadine for more color. Add more rosé if it is too thick or more ice if it is too thin. Grab a spoon and enjoy!
My other two favorite strawberry cocktails are the Lava Flow and a Strawberry Mojito, both of which are rum based. Do you have a favorite strawberry cocktail recipe?