Wine Slushies may be an adults only version of a Slurpee, but this Berry Frosé recipe is lighter, more sophisticated, and BLISSFULLY delicious! Triple Berry Frosé (aka Frozen Rosé wine) wine slushie is blended with fruit, fresh juice, and a hint of basil, creating a fun and refreshing summer cocktail!
Let me tell the story of how this whole frosé/wine slushies recipe came about and my love story for Rosé. Mmm k?
You see, the first time I had a glass of Rosé wine was in New Zealand. It was 2007 and we were there visiting family and friends. I remember it like yesterday (gosh I wish it was yesterday). The Kiwi (aka my husband) childhood friend owned a winery new Queenstown. We hopped in for a visit and took a tour. That’s also the time I fell in love with wineries and the whole geeky science behind it. Anyway, back to the visit. Yes, this winery (Gibbston Winery) served us the most amazing tasting Rose I’ve ever had. Nothing else has come close to it since. REALLY! And i’ve tried several.
But here’s the kinda funny, yet kinda awkward story about this AMAZING Rose wine. You see, right before we sampled the Rose, the sommelier (the wine guide) told us something. He explained just how this Rose would taste. You ready for it? His words –> ” This wine is like kissing Scarlett Johansen, soft yet voluptuous” And that, my friends, will forever be engraved in my head. I hope I don’t meet Scarlett Johansen some day. I just might try to kiss her. LOL!
Okay okay, back to the whole reason I am chatting about Rose today. Rosé wine, frozen, then blended with fresh berries, honey, and basil. This creation is what I call a BERRY BLISS FROZE COCKTAIL!!
So what is a froze cocktail? Oh it’s heavenly Frozen Rosé. A frosty, pink (or in my case Berry Superfood PURPLE) fun drink cocktail. Basically the “coolest frozen rosé cocktail” for those warm months! Think of it as sophisticated wine slushy. And yes, Summer is COMING, so wine slushies are totally allowed!
Most Frosé uses some time of simple fruit syrup along with the rose, but I really wanted to try to avoid the white sugar and go more “au naturale“. Today we’re keeping this Frosé light and fresh with addition of frozen and fresh berries. Plus more “BLISSFULLY” naturally sweet ingredients you all find out below.
Oh and sparkling flavored water. Yup! La Croix, Froze, and berries = BLISS!
Now you see what I meant?
Here’s what you need to make these lusciously delicious wine slushies.
- A bottle of fruity rosé
- Fresh or frozen berries
- Raspberries soaked in orange juice —> BLISS!
- Cherry or cranberry juice
- Sparkling flavored water (i.e La Criox or something similar)
- Maple Syrup, Honey, or agave syrup.
- Fresh Basil or Mint to Garnish (more BLISSFUL ya’ll),
- Optional shot of Vodka. The more pure the better here. I used Titos (Handmade Vodka produced in Austin at Texas’ –> My old stompin grounds)
- A small square container. NO ICE TRAYS. Trust me on that!
- And friends you can share it with. Yes, that’s a must!
The other trick for making these Frosé wine slushies is the SLUSH part. Ice trays make it too frozen. You want it to be able to break up easily and then blend. Not like a smoothie. Ya know? I actually used a tupperware container. Then all I had to do was loosen the bottom after freezing for 6 hrs. Thanks to Bon Appetit for that little Frosé making tip.
Okay okay, so now you know how to make one. If you are a wine lover like me, you will lvoe this! And to be honest, I am not a huge “cocktail” type of person (unless it’s a wine cocktail). But this… this my friends.. is BLISS. It’s refreshing, light, not too sweet, and in my world –> HEALTHY.
Berry Frosé Wine Slushie (Frozen Rosé)
- 1/2 to 1 bottle Rosé wine
- 1/4 cup tart cherry juice or cranberry juice
- 1/3 -1/2 cup raspberries soaked in 3-4 tbsp tbsp orange juice
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 lime (squeezed)
- 1-2 tbsp maple syrup (agave nectar or honey works too)
- optional 4 oz vodka
- Optional Sparking Berry Water (ie. La Croix) for extra fizz on top
- Lime wedge to garnish
Pour 1/2 bottle of Rosé in a square or glass container. The more wine you use, the less sweet it is. It will also be thicker.
Place in freezer for 6 to 10 hrs.
While the Rosé is freezing, soak your raspberries in the orange juice for 30 min - 1hr. Then mash or puree them together. Keep in fridge until ready to blend.
Once the Rosé is frozen (note it will still be “icy”), scrape into a blender.
Add your lime juice, frozen berries, raspberries soaked in orange juice, maple syrup, 1 basil leaf, and optional vodka. Pulse until blender and smooth.
Place the blender back into freezer to chill for another 30 minutes (see notes if time constrain).
Remove from freezer and pulse again until slushy.
Pour into 3-4 serving glasses.
Add optional splash of sparkling berry water to make fizz on top.
Garnish with lime wedge, berries, and basil leaf.
You can skip the extra freezer time once blended, but frosé slushy will not be as thick.
Estimated Nutrition - 140 calories, 0 fat, 18 carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 12 sugars, 1 gram protein
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So let’s raise a glass to Scarlett Johansen and CHEERS!
Stay thirsty my friends. No really!
p.s if you want a MOCKTAIL version, just use white grape juice instead of wine. Or even grapefruit juice. Totally works!
Please tell me you’ve had rosé! If you are over 21 that is.
Favorite warm weather drink? And …. go!