Make ahead easy, refreshing and so frosty for the hottest of days. Whip up Strawberry Wine Slushies (frozen rosé) in a blender using fresh strawberries, and rosé with a hint of Aperol.
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A Frosty Sipper
Summertime and the freshest strawberries call for a frosty adult beverage. And what could be better than a frozen wine mix of fresh strawberries, rosé, honey (or a little simple) and a glug of Aperol, Lillet Blanc or orange liqueur for a refreshing summer drink? Frosty, refreshing and light, served up in frosty cocktail glasses.
New to rosé wine? It’s particularly delightful during the warmest months. Serve chilled, rosé is refreshing and light with notes of strawberry, rose, pineapple, rhubarb and citrus. It pairs well with summer’s freshest fruit and is a perfect choice to use in a wine slushie mix.
When first learning how to make wine slushies, I used ice trays to freeze the wine and fruit puree’, then added the frozen cubes to a blender to blend. While this seemed simple enough, I found I could skip the ice trays and simply blend everything together, then put the blender pitcher in the freezer. Freeze the frozen rose mix for 6-8 hours then blend again. Clean up’s a breeze.
Ingredients for Strawberry Wine Slushies
Just a few ingredients come together for a refreshing frozen rosé. Use honey or simple syrup to sweeten the frozen wine mix.
- Rosé – I like Bonterra
- Fresh Strawberries
- Simple Syrup or Honey
- Aperol, Lillet Blanc or Orange Liquor
- Lemon Juice
How to Make Wine Slushies in A Blender
This strawberry wine slushie recipe makes five, 1/2 C (105g) servings in a blender. If more is needed, I recommend freezing the liquid slushie mix in ice trays beyond what the recipe calls for simply because blenders do have their limits when whipping up frosty treats. And I don’t want any comments of burned up blender motors! The VitaMix handles the job beautifully, but it too can get bogged down if not enough liquid rosé is added after freezing the wine slushie mix.
Note, that the wine slushie mix won’t freeze all the way because alcohol’s freezing point is lower than a typical home freezer will get. The frozen mixture is icy but can easily be moved around with a fork.
- First, pour the the rosé wine into a blender. Add fresh strawberries, simple (or honey), lemon juice, ice and Aperol (Lillet Blanc or orange Liquor). Blend.
- Next, place the blender pitcher into the freezer for 6-8 hours.
- Last, scape the blender down around the blades and pour in some liquid rosé to loosen the icy mixture then blend again adding more liquid rosé to loosen.
The wine slushes are ready for serving in frosty cocktail glasses. Enjoy frozé with the consistency of an icy or a little more loose. There are no rules here!
How to Make Multiple Batches of Wine Slushies
When making more than one batch of this recipe or if using the blender for other kitchen tasks, freeze the blended wine mix in ice trays instead of the blender pitcher. Once frozen, pop the frozen cubes into the blender, add a bit of liquid rosé, blend again then store the frozé in a lidded container in the freezer.
Doing this frees up the blender and/or allows preparation for more than five servings ahead of when needed. When ready to share, set the frozé container on the kitchen counter for about 10 minutes to soften. Frozé can be made up to one week in advance.
A Few Recipe Tips
- For one recipe of strawberry wine slushies, you won’t use the entire bottle of rosé. Use leftovers for sipping or store in ice trays for future frozé adventures.
- I use my favorite high speed blender for this recipe: VitaMix. It is a workhorse in my kitchen and I highly recommend it.
- Honey or Simple Syrup? I like both but use honey when I don’t plan ahead to make the simple (it needs to be cool). Honey adds nice floral notes and interest. Use either. Simple recipe in notes.
- Bump up the color with Aperol (my favorite) or spike this slushie wine mix with Lillet Blanc or orange liquor like Cointreau or Grand Mariner. Any of these are a lovely.
- Play with the flavors to your heart’s content. Frozé is also lovely with cherries, raspberries and watermelon!
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Strawberry Wine Slushies - aka Frozen Rosé
- 1 C (226g) Rose Wine plus up to 2/3 C (141g) more for blending after frozen, I like Bonterra,
- 1 C (155g) Strawberries fresh
- 1.5 oz (42g) Simple Syrup or 4 Tbs Honey - adjust to taste
- 2 oz (57g) Aperol , Lillet Blanc or Orange Liquor like Grand Mariner
- 1/2 Lemon juiced
- 1/2 C (70g) Ice crushed
- Into the pitcher of a high speed blender (I use VitaMix), add the strawberries, rose, simple or honey, Aperol (or Lillet Blanc or Orange Liquor), lemon juice and ice. Blend until liquified.
- Place pitcher in the freezer and freeze for 6-8 hours.
- Scrape the icy mixture from around the blender blades and add up to 5 oz more of liquid Rose to thin and to help get the blender blades moving. Blend, pulsing if needed and adding more Rose' as needed to loosen the mixture.
- Share right away or scrape mixture into a storage container and freeze until ready to share.
- Strawberry wine slushies can be made up to one week in advance.