I consider myself to be a red wine drinker – I prefer a glass (or more) of pinot noir rather than a glass of white wine. In the heat of summer what’s a girl to do? That’s when I turn to rosé. For a long time I thought that all pink wines were zinfandels and immediately disregarded them as “kool-aid”. Then I discovered rosé – the product of when red grapes touch the wine for a short period of time. They are typically flowery, citrusy wines that are served chilled.
Rosé is versatile as it can be used for summer drinks as well. This particular blended cocktail with a catchy name consists of rosé, vermouth and some pureed strawberries, which add just the right amount of sweetness. I discovered this drink when I kept seeing snaps of my friends who frequent Bar Primi in New York City cheering glasses of this refreshing cocktail and now, on the other side of the country, I can make my own version. It's basically a rosé slushie with a cooler name.
Drink your rosé all day!
½ (25.4 ounce) bottle dry rosé wine, chilled
2 ounces dry vermouth
¾ cup puréed fresh strawberries
3 cups ice
Sliced strawberries, for garnish
Add the rosé, vermouth, puréed strawberries and ice in a blender. Puree until the mixture is the consistency of a slushie.
Divide the mixture among glasses and top with a fresh strawberry. Serve immediately.