Last European summer, Britons drank so much rosé that bottle shops reportedly doubled sales of the pink stuff – and it’s all down to a little cocktail called the frosé. This wine cocktail with the consistency of a slushie is enough to make a sommelier weep. More refreshing than chilled wine and more fun than a daiquiri, the frosé consists mostly of semifrozen rosé. Like the Negroni, the frosé came about by accident. Justin Sievers of Bar Primi, in Manhattan’s NoHo district, said he poured a whole lot of rosé into a slushie machine to see if it would freeze. It did and the frosé was born. The Bar Primi version uses rosé, vermouth and strawberries; some other bars add lemon juice and sugar. Not only is the frosé delicious, it’s also highly Instagrammable. Oh, and lest you consider the frosé a lady’s tipple, au contraire: men have been declaring their brosé-drinking status all over Instagram. Summertime cocktail win.
When you drink a frosé at the beach, it’s officially summer (even if it’s still spring). Manly Wine serves up its version of frosé with a strawberry on the rim and ocean views. To up the flavour factor (the wine loses a bit of oomph in the freezing process) Manly Wine adds strawberry purée and a “secret liquor”.
8/13 South Steyne, Manly; (02) 8966 9000
So assured of the success of summer’s new cocktail are the people at Pelicano that they have transformed the terrace of their Double Bay venue into a rose-entwined garden equipped with two slushie machines churning out frosé version 1.0 as well as a new creation, both using Jacob's Creek Barosé: lemon-infused frosé with orange bitters. Now that’s confidence.
24 Bay Street, Double Bay; (02) 8021 4050
A frosé in Rose Bay – what could be lovelier? Catalina has been a Sydney institution since it opened its doors in 1994 but don’t let its age fool you. Things are always fresh at this waterside restaurant, which explains why the frosé appeared on the cocktail menu when summer was but a distant thought for Sydneysiders. It’s made with Ross Hill rosé blended with fresh strawberries and sugar syrup.
Lyne Park, Rose Bay; (02) 9371 0555
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Jump a ferry to Watson’s Bay for a relaxed afternoon gathering by the sea. The beach-chic Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel serves up a blend of Crazy Tropez Rosé and strawberry granita. The frosé is icy cold, but should the sun get too much just take off your shoes and go for a paddle.
1 Military Road, Watsons Bay; (02) 9337 5444
Kensington Street Social
This eatery makes a great venue for a Sunday summer brunch, accompanied by frosé. The incarnation served at Kensington Street Social is extremely refreshing, with watermelon juice replacing the strawberries.
3 Kensington Street, Chippendale; (02) 8277 8533
Crown Street Fish Shop
Fresh seafood with an ice-cold frosé is an exceedingly good summer combination. At Crown Street Fish Shop, there are tasty delicacies to try – such as soft-shell crab burgers and fish tacos – plus pretty pink frosé topped with rose petals.
500 Crown Street, Surry Hills; (02) 9357 2573