Delicious frose recipe made with rosé wine, strawberries, simple syrup, and tequila. The tequila sets this frosé cocktail apart from others.
Frose first popped onto the scene a few summers ago. It became an instant sensation at rooftop bars around the country. This delicious summer cocktail is essentially a wine slushie. It’s a blended cocktail that uses ice or frozen fruit to create the slushie consistency.
Looking for another slushie wine cocktail? Try a Frozen Aperol Spritz!
A typical frose recipe contains rose wine, strawberries, a sweetener, and vodka. I decided to switch things up and make my own version of frose with my liquor of choice, tequila.
Mixing Tequila and Rose
While tequila and wine seem an unlikely pair, they actually complement each other quite well. I first tasted the combination at Chuy’s in their signature sangria. The sangria combines red wine, silver tequila, triple sec, fruit juices, and blueberry syrup into a delicious cocktail. It’s my favorite sangria. So, I decided to take a page from Chuy’s book and combine wine with tequila to create my frose.
How to Make This Frose Recipe with Tequila
Start your cocktail by adding several cups of frozen strawberries to a blender.
Always Use Frozen Strawberries
Using frozen fruit is the key to a delicious frozen cocktail. It helps give the cocktail its slushie consistency, but you don’t sacrifice any flavor. Only using ice will water the cocktail down too much. I will use it at the end for a more frozen texture, but I prefer more frozen fruit over ice.
Next, add the rose wine to the blender. My wine of choice for this frose recipe is Dark Horse rose. It’s dry and crisp, so not overly sweet. It is also very affordable! A few of my other *affordable* favorite roses include Apothic, Summer Water, and Yes Way Rose.
Don’t Buy Expensive Wine for Cocktails
There is no need to buy expensive wine for cocktails or sangria. Especially recipes that call for added flavors or sweeteners. Save the good stuff for sipping by itself!
Fill the blender about 3/4ths with rose. Next, add two shots of silver tequila. My tequila of choice is either Jose Cuervo or Espolon Blanco. The same rule of using inexpensive alcohol applies here as well. While I don’t recommend bottom-shelf tequila that tastes too strongly of alcohol, an affordable mid-shelf option is great for this type of cocktail.
Finally, add simple syrup and a handful of ice. Blend until it reaches a slushie consistency.
Serve in a cocktail glass with a strawberry garnish, sugar rim, and a straw. To sugar, the rim of the glass, rub a bit of simple syrup along the glass rim. Then, dip the rim in a small bowl of sugar.
A Colorful Sugar Rim
If you want to be really extra, add pink food coloring to the sugar before dipping. Nothing screams fancy cocktail more than a colorful rim and garnish.
Making Simple Syrup
Simple syrup is one of the best ingredients for adding sweetness to a cocktail. Plus, it’s incredibly SIMPLE to make! See what I did there? Here’s how you do it!
- Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar to a small saucepan.
- Heat the saucepan on medium-low heat. It does not need to boil!
- Continuously stir the water sugar mixture until all of the sugar dissolves.
- Pour into a glass jar.
- Allow the syrup to cool. Then, place it in the refrigerator.
A homemade simple syrup lasts for about 6 months in the refrigerator. If it starts to appear cloudy, toss it out and make another batch!
Storing Frozen Cocktails
Frozen tequila rose drinks, and frozen cocktails in general, are simple to prep ahead of time. Simply blend up the drinks and store them in the freezer until it’s time to serve them. The alcohol from the tequila, and the wine, keep the cocktail from totally freezing.
A frozen cocktail can be stored for several days in the freezer. Or take your frose with you to a party by storing it in a cooler full of ice inside a sealed container. You’d be the star of the show if you brought frose to the barbeque!
Don’t let the summer heat get you down! Enjoy an icy cold frose cocktail while hanging out by the pool or inside next to the AC.
Frose (Frozen Rose)
- 4 cups frozen strawberries
- 25 oz rose wine 1 bottle
- 3 oz silver tequila
- 1 tbsp simple syrup
- 1 cup ice
- Add frozen strawberries to blender
- Add 1 bottle chilled rose
- Add 3 oz silver tequila
- Add 1 tbsp simple syrup
- Add 1 cup ice
- Blend until it reaches slushie consistency
- Serve in a stemless wine glass with strawberry garnish