Summer is a time of relaxation. And if you pay attention to social media, you may have noticed this summer has become the summer of Rosé – a refreshing wine beverage encouraging just the right amount of relaxation (for those 21+ of course). So we thought — why not jump on board the trending rosé train and combine one of our favorite things with this trendy wine? So we made a Cherry Frosé for this week’s blog post. 🙂
Rosé is a light pink colored wine with hints of red fruit, flowers, citrus, and melon. It’s lighter than red and a nice alternative to white. What makes rosé rosé is it’s the juice of red wine strained from the grape’s skin before it becomes too dark. It’s similar to other wines with the idea that it’s derived from a variety of different types of grapes, so both sweet and dry rosés are available.
If you’re 21 and over, then all you need is two ingredients and a little patience (so make sure you plan ahead) before you can enjoy this drink. We used Stemilt’s dark-sweet cherries and a bottle of Stemilt Creek Winery’s Nettie Rosé to make a heavenly summer slurpee. This Nettie Rosé is a little drier than others, making the frosé a little more tangy than sweet. If you are after something a bit more sweet, either use a sweeter rosé or add in a dash of sugar or a splash of honey to sweeten things up to your liking.
To make this invigorating beverage, we first stemmed and pitted the cherries and threw them in the blender. Then we lathered them up with a full bottle of Nettie Rosé. We pulsed and blended until we got a nice, smooth consistency and poured it into a glass 9×13” pan. It is a little frothy when you pour it in, but don’t worry – it tastes great the next day. Cover the pan tightly and leave it to freeze for 6 hours or overnight. The next day, we had a nice slushy mixture that we scooped into glasses and garnished with a cherry. And don’t worry, it won’t freeze due to the alcohol.
This Cherry Frosé is ideal for summer as it is refreshing and quite tasty. Depending on what kind of taste you are after, you could have either a tangy, drier Cherry Frosé or a sweeter one. Overall, the combination of our dark-sweet cherries and rosé gives you the taste of summer in a glass, so the next time you give this recipe a whirl, let us know how it goes in the comments below!