Frosés are some of the coolest cocktails you'll have all summer. What is a frosé, you ask? Quite simply, it's a frozen cocktail that features rosé wine and it's a fantastic way to cool down on a hot day. The Pomegranate Grapefruit Frosé is a fun recipe to get you started with this new style of drink.
The wine is the blush pink delight we know as rosé (for Spanish and Italian wines, it's labeled rosado or rosato). It's a still wine with a light, fruity flavor that can range from sweet to dry. Because we're blending it, almost any bottle of rosé will do for this recipe.
To that, we add one of the better pomegranate-flavored vodkas available. Van Gogh offers a great line of fruit vodkas and their pomegranate is a particular favorite for many drinkers. It also pairs perfectly with grapefruit and the two give this frosé a great fruity snap that will have you asking for another round.
- Pour the liquids into a blender and quickly blend them together.
- Add the ice and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a frozen cocktail or margarita glass.
- Garnish with a sprig of mint or thyme and a slice of strawberry.
To make two cocktails at one time, simply double the ingredients and blend away.
(Recipe from Van Gogh Vodka)
Make the Frosé Your Own
This recipe is quite fun to play with and you can make it using different flavors of vodka and juice.
When doing so, continue to pour a full 3 ounces of wine and use 2 1/2 ounces total for all the other ingredients.
For example, Van Gogh Vodka has another recipe for a tasty Raspberry Frosé. This one skips the juice altogether and pours 1 1/2 ounces raspberry vodka with 1/2 ounce each lemon juice and simple syrup.
Play around with various fruit vodkas and add complementary juices to your heart's desire. It's difficult to come up with a bad combination and you can spend the entire summer coming up with unique cocktails.
4 Ways to Play With Your Frosé
Recipes like the Frosé are designed for experimentation, so let your imagination take you new places and explore all the possibilities. The pomegranate-grapefruit combination is just one idea and playing with the vodka and juice is only the beginning.
Freeze Your Rosé. A very fun idea for any frosé is to freeze the wine into ice cube trays and use these wine cubes instead of clear ice. It's a perfect way to preserve wine that's a little too old for drinking and you can play around with a variety of wines.
The alcohol content of wine is low enough so the cubes should freeze up over night. Not enough wine cubes? Simply make up the difference with regular ice.
Add Fresh Fruit. As with many summer drinks—particularly those that touch the blender—nothing says you can't add fresh fruit to this recipe. Berries, peaches, and melons would all make great additions to any frosé and feel free to use a combination of fruits from your fridge.
Start out with no more than 1/2 cup of fresh fruit and cut larger fruits into about 1-inch chunks.
Adding volume might mean you'll end up with two drinks from a single blender, but that's okay. If you have too much for your prepared glass, stick the leftover in the freezer until you're ready for another round.
Pour a Fruit Liqueur. Any of the same types of fruit you add fresh or as a juice can also be added to your frosé in the form of a liqueur. Melon liqueurs like Midori add flavor and a fun green color. Blue curaçao will add hints of orange and make the drink blue. Strawberry, apricot, and raspberry are other great options to try.
Use a Flavored Simple Syrup. Yet another way to add a new layer of flavor to your frosé is with a flavored simple syrup. For the pomegranate-grapefruit combo, a nice herbal syrup like lavender or rosemary would be an excellent touch. Mint is a fun idea as well and, if you want to add a little spice, a splash of jalapeno syrup will do just fine.