Summer, Drinks

Strawberry & Rose Frosé

This grown-up slushy is the epitome of summertime drinking, and ideal for the very hottest of days.

As always, this recipe is a cinch to make and totally adaptable – although this is my favourite version, offering a little sweetness with a hint of fragrant rose.

If you're not a rose lover, feel free to swap the sugar and rose for elderflower cordial, or omit them altogether. If you dislike strawberries or are allergic, then watermelon is a deliciously refreshing alternative.

I like to adorn these glasses of pink perfection with wild abandon – perhaps with some freshly picked violas or any other edible flowers from the garden, a sprig of mint and, of course, a fresh strawberry half.

You have a few options to prepare this recipe. If you like to plan your drinks in advance you can freeze the rosé in ice cube trays, which will allow you to use fresh strawberries and little or no ice.

Personally, I like to be able to whip this drink up on the spot, and I'm far more likely to have frozen strawberries and ice to hand than I am frozen rosé, so my preferred option is below. Your final option is to use fresh strawberries instead of frozen and some extra ice.

Either way, a frosé can be in your hand in a matter of minutes, to cool you down on the stickiest of summer days.



750ml rosé wine

400g frozen strawberries

1-2 tsp rose water, to taste

2-3 tbsp sugar syrup or caster sugar, to taste

2 handfuls ice cubes

To serve

Edible flowers such as violas (optional)

Halved strawberries

Mint leaves


  1. Place all the cocktail ingredients in a high-speed blender and blitz until you've achieved a slushy consistency.
  2. Pour into coupe glasses and top with little flowers, a strawberry half and mint leaves.
  3. Serve immediately – best enjoyed in the sunshine...

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