Watermelon Rosé Cooler


Watermelon Rosé Cooler

Made by Suzanne Henricksen

Watermelon is in season and this is a delightful way to enjoy it during the summer months. Not a challenging beverage to make, but a bit more time consuming to prepare. The idea is to make something of a granita, alternatively freezing and chopping the watermelon and rosé wine. What you wind up with is a refreshing and lively adult slushy.

Let’s Get Slushin’

Serves: 4

Special Tools: Blender, Freezer, Sheet pan

Difficulty: Medium


½ small watermelon⁠ ⁠

1 bottle of rosé⁠ 

Sparkling water OR  sparkling wine

  1. Purée watermelon⁠.
  2. Mix in ½ to 1 bottle of rosé⁠ .
  3. Pour watermelon rosé mixture onto a shallow sheet pan with edges and gently place it in the freezer.⁠
  4. Freeze for ~90 minutes, occasionally chopping it all up with a pastry cutter and mixing it together before spreading back out and letting freeze more.⁠
  5. When you can make decent pile of frozen shards, scoop into a glass and top with some sparkling water OR a sparkling rosé, like this one from Corner 103 we had on hand. ⁠.
Suzanne making a sour face wondering if she'll like this cocktail

But will I like it?

Cocktail flavor profile

Getting to know your palate, what you like, and what you don’t like is a critical part of being a great craft tippler AND key to becoming a great home bartender as well!

So before you break out that barware and buy the key ingredients, here’s a little guidance on what to expect from this cocktail so you can start to hone in on exactly what elements of cocktails you enjoy and which you’d prefer to minimize.  This helps you order new cocktails you love when you’re out on the town better as well! 

  • Sweet 70% 70%
  • Sour 55% 55%
  • Spiritous 20% 20%
  • Refreshing 90% 90%
  • Complex/Funky/Unique 20% 20%

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