Wine Cocktail: Frosé Forever

I guess you can say summer is basically over if you look at a calendar. Kids are back in school and Labor Day is quickly approaching. Despite this, it definitely still feels like summer outside. I don't know about where you live, but here in Charlotte, it feels like 100 degrees every day. Because of that, it's still fun to make it seem like summer! Grill those hamburgers, eat that corn on the cob, wear those white jeans, and drink summery drinks! This frozen rosé drink, aka frosé, that I came across on Basil and Bubbly seemed like the perfect way to toast to the "end" of summer! The best part? It couldn't be any easier to make!

This frozen glass of goodness has four components: rosé (obviously), strawberry simple syrup, lemon juice, and water. Yep, that's it! Here's how you go about making it:

1. Freeze the wine in advance.

The first, and most important step, is to freeze the wine. I chose the Les Vignes des Precheurs 2015 rosé  I had on hand from Total Wine. If possible, choose a darker rosé. I froze my wine for about 5 hours and it was good, but if you have the time, I highly suggest more. Say 6 or 7 hours. I poured the whole bottle wine into a 9x13" Pyrex dish and stuck it straight in the freezer.

2. Make your strawberry simple syrup.

I taught you how to make simple syrup originally in this post, but in case you forgot, boil 1/2 cup of water with 1/2 cup of sugar until sugar is completely dissolved. It won't take but a second for that to happen once the water is boiling! I hulled and quartered half a container of strawberries and plopped them in after the sugar had dissolved. Remove from heat. Let the strawberries impart their heavenly flavor on the syrup for a while. I ran some errands while this was happening, so I let it sit for about an hour. I'd say wait at least 30 minutes for good flavor. Note: you will NOT use the whole amount you made, so save the leftovers for Round 2!

3. Squeeze 2.5 oz of fresh lemon juice and get 1 cup of ice.

Simple enough.

4. Put everything into a blender and blend until smooth.

Frozen wine, 3 oz. simple syrup, 2.5 oz. of lemon juice, and 1 cup of ice. Blend. 

5. Drink and enjoy while jamming out to this gem by Ben Rector.

There you have it. The perfect addition to your next weekend. For better photos of the end product (the glass unfortunately fogged and I didn't like the light inside), be sure to check out my inspiration -- Marianne over at Basil and Bubbly (and Bon Appetit).