If rosé is the ubiquitous summer wine, then frosé is the warm-weather cocktail trend capitalizing on its endless drinkability. Think of it as a way to invite some childhood nostalgia into your grown-up world: Perfect for summertime sipping, frosé will cool you down in no time.
For those who prefer to enjoy frosé from the comfort of home, Weston, Missouri’s Pirtle Winery has the perfect product. The winery sells a frozen wine slush mix: All you have to do is add a bottle of rosé wine and blend it with some ice. “I wish I would have thought about selling the mix much sooner,” says owner Scott Pirtle, “because people love it. There’s something about a frozen drink on a hot summer day that just feels right.” The mix, Pirtle says, is a signature recipe that’s prepared and bagged on-site. The flavors and ingredients are all natural, and any wine – red or white, sweet or dry – will work just fine. While the most popular method involves a blender, Pirtle says you can also combine the mix with a bottle of wine and an equal amount of water in a bag or a dish and freeze it for about four hours. The mix is available online, too, and one bag makes 15 to 16 four-ounce drinks.
Pirtle Winery, 502 Spring St., Weston, Missouri, 816.640.5728, pirtlewinery.com
If you’re enjoying a glass of bubbles on Ça Va’s delightfully Parisian-style patio in Kansas City, you’re doing something right. On Tuesdays in May, Ça Va can help you appease your inner child, too. “We have the liberty to take fun drinks and elevate them or make them a little fancy,” says owner and general manager Caitlin Corcoran. “And while we’re all about bubbles, offering something like frosé is a nice reminder to some of our guests that we have some great still wine as well.” Westport’s beloved Champagne bar and French bistro keeps its frosé recipe simple: Rosé is frozen into ice cubes and then blended, along with a little housemade simple syrup to add a touch of sweetness. The result is a beautiful light pink frozen drink that feels every bit as elegant as a tall pour of Champagne. “At Ça Va, we celebrate everything,” Corcoran says, “and what better way to celebrate the start of summer than with a little frosé?”
Ça Va, 4149 Pennsylvania Ave., Westport, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.255.3934, cavakc.com
Canterbury Hill Winery & Restaurant
Canterbury Hill Winery & Restaurant in Holts Summit, Missouri, has been serving wine slushies since it opened four years ago. They’re dispensed via swirling slushie machines behind the bar. Fitting with the medieval theme (the wines have names like Excalibur and Canterbury’s Tale) Canterbury Hill’s frozen concoctions are Red and Blue Dragon. The first features Canterbury Hill’s Royal Ruby red, a blend of Concord and other Missouri varietals, plus rum, peach schnapps, a housemade strawberry purée, pineapple juice, orange juice and lemon-lime soda. The Blue Dragon is similar, featuring Blue Mist white wine with blue curaçao, blue raspberry vodka, lemonade, orange and pineapple juice and lemon-lime soda. “We frequently sell out in the summer,” says manager Gabrielle Jefferson. “It’s sweet and refreshing... our guests are crazy for it.”
Canterbury Hill Winery & Restaurant, 1707 S. Summit Drive, Holts Summit, Missouri, 573.896.9966, canterburyhill.com