Watermelon Frose – frozen watermelon cubes + Rosé wine = Watermelon Frose. A slushy, boozy, slightly sweet refreshing summer cocktail.
Back in 2016, Bon Appetit declared it a summer of frosé with beautiful pink strawberry frose in frosty glasses. Because Bon Appetit is so on trend – and I’m so not – it took me all the way until the late summer of 2021 to discover it.
Truth be told, I only got around to making Watermelon Frose when I discovered multiple bowls of watermelon in the garage refrigerator I forgot to dole out to the kids when they were over. I knew we’d never eat it all – at least not in its original form.
This Watermelon Frose is a childhood slushy in adult form. Cheers!
Watermelon Frose is the perfect summer cocktail, delightful on the patio or poolside – but also a great go-to for Brunch.
You won’t need any special equipment – just your everyday blender and you can skip freezing the wine in ice cube trays. We’ll get to the finish line just chilling the wine in the fridge.
tips for the best frose:
- Freeze the watermelon in advance and store in a sealed, freezer-safe container.
- Chill the wine ahead of time.
- Wait to blend until just before guests are ready to drink so it stays in the slushy form.
how to pick a super sweet watermelon:
- Give it a gentle thunk with your knuckles. You should hear a hollow sound.
- Look for the ‘field spot’ – a yellow-ish streak on one side. This is where the watermelon touched the dirt where it was growing. No spot? It probably picked before it was ready.
- Pick it up – it should be heavy for its size.
- Buy in season.
what’s in watermelon frose?
- bottle of Rose wine
- frozen watermelon cubes
Simple Syrup (optional):
how to make watermelon frose:
Preparing the watermelon:
Cut the rind off the watermelon then dice it into about 1 1/2″ cubes.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper then lay the watermelon cubes on the baking sheet in a single layer. Freeze for about 4 hours or until the cubes are solid then transfer to a zip top bag or other freezer safe container.
To make the simple syrup, whisk the sugar and water together in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat then reduce the heat and simmer stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves and the syrup is clear.
Remove from the heat and cool to room temp before adding to the frose.
Making the frose:
Add about half of the frozen cubes to a blender then pour in about half of the wine and blend until smooth.
Continue adding the rest of the watermelon cubes and the wine blending until you reach the consistency you prefer.
Taste and if you prefer a sweeter cocktail, add 1-2 tablespoons of simple syrup at a time blending and tasting as you go, until it’s your desired level of sweetness.
Pour into glasses and enjoy right away.
can i make an individual serving of frose?
Yes! A party of one – or two – is always in order. Here’s how you do it:
Freeze 1 1/2 to 2 cups of watermelon cubes then blend the frozen watermelon cubes with about 1 cup of rose wine.
Taste and if you like it sweeter mix in about one tablespoon of simple syrup.
looking for other tasty cocktails?
Seabreeze Cocktail – grapefruit juice, cranberry juice and vodka with a squeeze of fresh lime. It’s the ultimate summer cocktail and as refreshing as its name.
Strawberry Peach Sangria – Rosé or white wine cocktail with fresh strawberries and peaches.
Raspberry Mojito – bursting with fresh raspberry, mint and tangy lime flavors. Light, refreshing twist on the classic Mojito.
Sunrise Mimosa – just 3 ingredients – orange juice, prosecco and grenadine make this delicious cocktail the right choice for any brunch.
If you tried this Watermelon Frose recipe or any other on the blog then I hope you’ll leave a comment and some stars!
- 1/2 cup sugar1/2 cup water
- 1 750 ml Rose wine
- 6 cups watermelon cubed and frozen
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
Prepping the watermelon:
- Cut the rind off the watermelon then dice into about 1 1/2″ cubes.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper then place the cubes on it in a single layer. Freeze about 4 hours or until the cubes are solid then transfer to a zip top bag or other container.
The simple syrup:
- Whisk the sugar and water together in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and cool to room temp
Making the frose:
- Add about half the frozen cubes to a blender then pour in about half of the wine and blend until smooth.
- Continue adding the rest of the watermelon and wine blending until you reach the consistency you prefer.
- Taste and if you prefer a sweeter cocktail, add 1-2 tablespoons of simple syrup at a time blending and tasting as you go until it's as sweet as you like.
- Pour into glasses and serve right away.