The story of frosé goes something like this: sometime in the not-too-distant past a bartender in New York introduced a bottle of rosé to the slushie machine and came up with the booze world’s latest craze. Where the northern hemisphere leads Australia must follow, and thus it has come to pass that for summer 2017, frosé is the new blanc. Derided by some as an adult slurpee, dedicated cocktail nerds will be sneering from the sidelines - but who needs cool when you’ve got ice-cold at these 10 Melbourne frosé-lovin’ venues?
The new ground level bar/restaurant at resurrected St Kilda icon Stokehouse is self-styled party central, which means DJ decks, frivolous frocks and frosé. The drink was the hit of its opening night party and it continues to totter out the door on stilettos. Pontoon’s recipe: Mornington Peninsula rosé, sugar syrup, fresh strawberries and house-made citrus spice.
30 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
The Joinery Elwood
This Elwood bar arrived at the frosé party a month ago and hasn’t looked back. Start with a dry French rosé base, add a touch of Australian moscato, some St Germain elderflower liqueur, a splash of gin and agave for sweetness. “It’s going off,” says owner Dan Dixon, who plans to introduce a frozen gin and tonic at The Joinery in the near future.
5 Ormond Street, Elwood
This Japan-esque Windsor joint claims to be the first to introduce the pink alcoholic slushie to Melbourne. Mr Miyagi’s version involves an abstruse recipe of “Domain Chandon Pinot Noir Rosé, love, secrets”, but we can definitely tell you it involves strawberries and sugar, topped with a tropical pink flower.
99 Chapel Street, Windsor
A bar with a 1920s Prohibition-era theme mightn’t seem the most natural fit for a pink alcoholic sushie cocktail, but don’t tell that to Father’s Office, just opposite the State Library, where the icy pink drinks are the new black.
249 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Down by the Yarra in the shadow of Federation Square, Riverland has jumped on the frosé bandwagon. “It’s summer in a glass!” says venue manager Ashley Switzer, who will only reveal “a secret recipe of summery goodness and South Australian dry rosé. Basically, just a nice cool, refreshing drink for a hot Melbourne day. And it’s very Instagram-able.”
Vaults 1-9 Federation Wharf, Melbourne
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Deep in the heart of Ashburton, southeast of the CBD, Mr Burton, a newcomer café/restaurant, declares frosé its most popular drink by far, styled up with grapefruit and mint and perfected with a strawberry garnish.
199 High Street, Ashburton
Fitzroy Social, the mammoth indoor/outdoor venue in the heart of Brunswick Street, is ground zero for the frosé Instagram. Just add strawberry puree, leafy courtyard, street-art background and pout.
222 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Asian Beer Café
There’s a petition circulating to change the name of Asian Beer Café to the Asian Frosé Café. Just kidding. Nonetheless this student-friendly joint in Melbourne Central does a mean trade in frozen Squealing Pig rosé topped up with house-made strawberry puree, lemon juice and sugar syrup.
211 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Head to Riverside Quay for Melbourne’s latest venue Hopscotch, a glam-a-rama hangout that goes the extra mile with the spiked slushies. Choose from Rum, Strawberry, Rum and the Frozen Margi - or go the Ms Frosé and her Drunken Gummy with golden gummy bears bobbing around the icy depths.
2/4 Riverside Quay, Southbank
The Stables of Como
Housed in the gardens surrounding historic Como House in South Yarra - otherwise known as Melbourne’s frosé heartland - The Stables are hustling their version of iced frivolity with the addition of St Germain elderflower liquer. Just remember to crook your little finger when drinking.
Corner of Williams Road and Lechlade Avenue, South Yarra