Watermelon Frose


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two glasses of watermelon frose on a white table

Frozen Watermelon + Frozen Rosé = Watermelon Frose.

It’s the summer cocktail that’s one part wine and one part watermelon slush.

I’m pretty sure that Bon Appétit gets credit for the frosé (frosen rosé) trend. They declared it the drink of summer 2016. And here I am, just shy of Labor Day 2018, telling you that you should try it if you haven’t. Or better yet, try this fresh watermelon variation.

cubes of watermelon on a parchment lined tray

If there’s one thing I do consistently, it’s to jump on board with food trends two years after the rest of the world.

Not particularly on-trend. But I know a good thing when I taste it. (Drink it.)

pouring white wine into ice cube trays

Truth is, I hadn’t even had frosé until recent weeks. I missed very little food or drink while I was pregnant with June, but during this very sweaty summer we’ve had, I did look forward to an icy cold glass of rosé. And I quickly realized that it could be even colder and more refreshing if served in this frozen form.

cubed watermelon and white wine in a glass

Thanks to some post-pregnancy rosé and frosé sampling, I can report that as much as I like the original Bon Appétit version in all its glory, the watermelon frose version is a bit of a revelation. Juicy, chilled watermelon cubes make this frozen cocktail extra refreshing and a lighter on the alcohol content. (Which means you can sip a bit more of these on hot late summer afternoons.)

watermelon frose in a blender

My version below uses roughly a 50/50 ratio of wine to watermelon which makes a drink that is easy to sip and not terribly boozy. It turns out to be the perfect light cocktail for a weekend brunch – which is exactly how we served it just last weekend. You can easily change the ratio if you’d like more or less alcohol.

You can also skip the wine altogether and use some of the frozen watermelon cubes to make Watermelon Lime Coolers or Watermelon Mint Lemonade.

watermelon frose in clear glasses

Summer is about to be in the rear view mirror here. Hope you’re enjoying every last bit of it friends!

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Watermelon Frose

Frozen Watermelon +Frozen Rosé = Watermelon Frosé.
It's the summer cocktail that's one part wine and one part watermelon slush.
Prep: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours
Servings: 6


  • Parchment Paper
  • Half Sheet Pan
  • Sauce Pan or Microwave Safe Bowl
  • Blender


For the frose:

  • 1 750 mL bottle Rose Wine
  • 6 cups Watermelon Cubes, seedless

For the simple syrup:

  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Water


  • Pour the wine into ice cube trays and freeze until firm, at least 6 hours (they will still be a bit icy / slushy).
  • Cube watermelon and freeze on a parchment paper-lined sheet pan until firm, at least 4 hours.
  • When the wine and watermelon cubes are frozen, you can transfer them to a plastic bag and freeze for up to a month.
  • Make the simple syrup by combining sugar and water. Heat them on the stovetop or in the microwave until the sugar dissolves.
  • When ready to serve, transfer frozen wine and watermelon to a blender and blend until smooth. (I had to let them defrost at room temperature for a few minutes before they would blend.)
  • Add simple syrup a bit at a time, tasting as you go. Depending on the natural sweetness of the wine and fruit, you may just need a little or none at all.


Watermelon - No need to be precise here, but you’ll need about 6 cups of watermelon cubes sliced about 2 inches square.
Simple syrup - You can use any sweetener in these, but simple syrup is easy and adds as much sweetness as you want without affecting the flavor. Save any that is left - it’s great for sweetening tea, coffee, or cocktails!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 170mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 865IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $11.00
Calories: 110
Keyword: alcoholic drink, rose wine, summer cocktail
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Check out which four-year-old helped out with this photo shoot (in her pjs of course). It’s Clara’s first official gig as a photography assistant.

Clara taking pictures of a food display

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Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at InquiringChef.com. She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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  1. 5 stars
    Hi ,thank you for sharing your blog post…It so helpful!!! give me some advice.I will wait for your reply

  2. 5 stars
    This looks REALLY delicious. It looks beautiful too that I wouldn’t want to drink it. I would love to give it a try with my husband!