For the past several summers, the frosé—a frozen rosé cocktail (or wine slush, if you prefer) has been served as a winetail (wine cocktail) or an after-dinner drink (liquid dessert).
Here’s our first set of frosé recipes, from two summers ago.
This recipe (photo #1), from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, adds blueberries that turn a frosé into a thick, toothsome slushie.
The Blueberry Frosé is a high-antioxidant cocktail (now there’s an excuse!).
Blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits and vegetables. Their chief antioxidants are family of polyphenols called flavonoids.
Among the many benefits attributed to flavonoids are reduced risk of asthma, cancer, heart disease and stroke. They may play a special role in protecting the brain. Here’s more about flavonoids.
If the antioxidants don’t convince you, make a Blueberry Frosé to celebrate National Blueberry Month: July.
Ingredients For 4 Servings
1. POUR the wine into ice cube trays; freeze for 6 to 8 hours until almost frozen solid. (Wine will not freeze completely because of the alcohol content. The higher the A.B.V. or proof of an alcohol beverage*, the less solid it will freeze.)
2. PULSE in a blender until smooth: the wine ice cubes, 2 cups of the frozen blueberries, the sugar, lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of basil leaves.
3. DIVIDE among 4 glasses. Garnish with remaining blueberries and basil leaves. While the frozen blueberries are a nice garnish, we like fresh blueberries on a pick even more.
THE TWO TYPES OF BLUEBERRIES
Plus, more blueberry recipes.
We made our Blueberry Frosé with a bottle of Bosman Generation 8 Rosé, from South Africa.
The first Bosman emigrated to South Africa eight generations ago, in 1798. He grew grapes on his land to make wines for his own consumption.
The practice continued through six generations until the seventh decided to join the South African wine renaissance and make wine for sale. Hence: Bosman Family Vineyards.
There’s a ninth generation, far too young to help with production. You can see the generations here, and guess how long it will take the youngsters to join the family business.
If you’d like to “visit” the vineyard, head to BosmanWines.com.
*A.B.V., alcohol-by-volume, the number of milliliters of ethanol expressed as a percentage. Here’s more about it. Another way to specify the amount of alcohol is the alcohol proof, which in the U.S. is twice the alcohol-by-volume A.B.V. Systems of expressing proof can vary in other countries.