Watermelon Frosé is a delicious blend of frozen rosé wine, fresh watermelon chunks, mint, and a bit of honey or sugar. This quick and easy frozen cocktail recipe is the best drink to sip on during a summer pool party, make a double batch for a July 4th picnic, or serve for a bachelorette party!
Watermelon Frosé, You Say?
The obsession with frozen summer drinks continues.
And this one is OFF. THE. CHARTS, you guys!
Who knew that something as simple as freezing watermelon chunks and rosé wine and then blending them up together with some fresh mint could BE. THIS. GOOD?!
And it’s anything but basic. 😉 Because instead of using strawberries like you’d find in a classic frosé recipe, we’re using big chunks of juicy watermelon to sweeten up this summer drink.
Also, there’s no fancy simple syrup or straining with a fine mesh strainer involved. We’re making it super simple so even a beginner bartender can make it with ease!
One of the best things about this watermelon frosé recipe is how simple the ingredients are to find.
Rosé Wine – There is a large variety of rose wines you can purchase and use in this recipe. Read below for more details about the best kind.
Watermelon – A personal-sized seedless watermelon is best. If you only have a watermelon with seeds, you can use it, but you will need to remove all of the seeds prior to making this recipe .
Sweetener – There are a few different types of sweetener you can use. Read below to learn more about what kinds work for what type of diet.
Mint – Just a little bit goes a long way! This refreshing herb really helps to brighten up and balance out the sweetness in this drink.
Best Type of Rosé Wine for Frosé
While you can’t really go wrong, there are a few types of rose wine that will work better when making a homemade frose recipe:
- Color – Pinot Noir and Malbec rose wines tend to be a beautiful and bright pink color. While you can always use a sandy-colored wine, your finished drink won’t have that same pop of pink color.
- Dry versus Sweet – This is absolutely your personal preference. If you like your drinks sweet, pick a sweeter variety. If you prefer them dry, pick a wine with a higher ABV. (Not always foolproof but generally a good indication of the relative amount of sugar added.)
- Drinkable – You want to really LOVE the rose wine all by itself. It is one of two main ingredients so the finished drink will taste very similar to the wine you start with.
Depending on your taste preference and what you have available, there are a few different options you can use to sweeten up this mojito:
- Honey – This is my personal preference and what I use when making this recipe. It pairs perfectly with the tart wine and adds a nice floral flavor to the drink.
- Agave Nectar – Another liquid sweetener that can be used if you are vegan.
- Sugar – Regular white sugar can be used in place of the honey if you do not care to avoid refined sugar.
- Stevia – Liquid or powder stevia can be used in place of the high-sugar sweeteners if you are on a low-carb diet.
Freezing Ahead of Time
While the actual recipe and ingredients are extremely simple to follow, there is one thing you have to know about this recipe.
It takes some preparation and planning ahead.
Yup, this is not the kind of cocktail you can just whip up when your girlfriend stops by.
Both the rose wine AND the watermelon chunks need to be frozen for a MINIMUM of 4 hours before blending. And it’s best if they’re frozen overnight.
Alternatively, you can make the entire drink and THEN freeze. Same amount of time involved, just a slightly different process.
How to Make
The process of making a homemade frose recipe is actually super simple to do:
- Pour the rose wine into a freezer-safe container. Cover with a lid and freeze for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
- Due to the alcohol content, the rose wine will not freeze completely but instead will have a slushy consistency once fully frozen.
- Cut watermelon into 1-inch chunks and place in a single layer on a baking sheet or in a plastic container. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
- Add frozen wine and melon to a large blender along with the honey and mint.
- Blend on medium-high speed for 1-2 minutes or until smooth.
One of the most important elements when making frozen drinks at home is to use a very good high-powered blender.
While your cheaper blenders will work, you’ll get a super smooth, and more slushy-like consistency if you use one of the following:
- Vitamix – Hands down the best blender to use due to its’ large capacity and extremely high power.
- Nutribullet – A great second option, but you may have to blend your ingredients in batches.
- Food Processor – While this won’t give you the same slushy consistency of a blender, you will be able to process all of your ingredients at the same time.
This recipe yields enough frozen rose for about 4 servings.
One of my favorite ways to serve this summer cocktail is in a cute glass with a paper straw, a wedge of watermelon, and a sprig of mint.
If you want to get a little fancy, you can even give it a sugared rim, too.
Don’t want the glass? Pour this watermelon drink into a plastic cup to drink poolside.
You can easily make a batch or double batch of this ahead of time for a pool party or backyard BBQ.
Prepare the frozen rose and place it in a freezer safe plastic container.
When ready to serve, pull it out ~30 minutes in advance. Let some of it melt before you add it back to the blender you used previously.
Blend until smooth and to your desired consistency.
More Frozen Cocktails
You may also enjoy these other boozy frozen drinks:
Watermelon Frosé (Frozen Rosé)
Watermelon Frosé is a delicious blend of frozen rosé wine, fresh watermelon chunks, mint, and a bit of honey or sugar.
- 750 ml bottle rosé wine*
- 3 cups watermelon chunks seedless, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2-3 Tbsp. honey to taste
- 2 Tbsp. sweet mint stems removed
Pour the rosé wine into a freezer-safe container. Cover with a lid and freeze for at least 4 hours or up to overnight. (Due to the alcohol content, the rosé wine will not freeze completely but instead will have a slushy consistency once fully frozen.)
Cut watermelon into 1-inch chunks and place in a single layer on a baking sheet or in a plastic container. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
Add frozen wine and melon to a large blender along with the honey and mint.
Blend on medium-high speed for 1-2 minutes or until smooth.
Serve immediately or freeze until ready to serve.
Read more information in the post about the best type of rosé wine to use.