I am continually 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. 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. Sometimes I like mine really thick, and eat it with a spoon. Other times, I prefer to sip it and use less ice.
Because I am adding so much flavoring to the wine, there is no need to use an expensive bottle. A darker Rosé, such as Merlot or Pinot) works best. 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. 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 (or less depending on how frozen you want it*)
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. If you add the cup of ice cubes, grab a spoon and enjoy! *If you prefer a more drinkable mixture, then don’t add any ice at first and check constistency. You can then add a little more at a time to get it how you like it.