The long weekend is upon us - hooray! - and whether you’re partying, bbq'ing, vacationing or staycationing this bank holiday there’s only one thing you should be drinking... Frosé!
The hottest new summer drink since Spritz, this pretty pink cocktail of frozen rosé wine is the latest must-have as seen all over the roof at this season's Shoreditch House pool parties and dubbed the drink of the year ("the summer of Frosé!") by industry experts Bon Apetit.
It's pink, it's cold, it's strong, it looks great on Instagram and it even contains a bit of fruit... what's not to love?
Frosé is basically a slush puppy for grown-ups, and the best part is that it's easy to create a devilish DIY brain freeze at home with a blender and a few bits of booze.
At its most basic Frosé is rosé wine, lemon juice and sugar blended and frozen for a few hours then served in a jam jar for maximum Insta points (check out the Bon Apetit recipe HERE) but there are plenty of other options.
In the Hamptons they drink it extra pink with grenadine or Campari and sugar syrup. In Miami they add a splash of silver tequila, in LA they use rose champagne, and in Sydney it doubles up as a decadent dessert, layered with fresh fruit, while Detox|Retox likes to mix hers with a splash of sexy Sauvelle vodka for an extra kick.
And in London the Soho House group causes regular slurpee stampedes at their various venues, thanks to a moreish mix of rosé wine, strawberries and Belsazar Rose Vermouth (£25 Selfridges).
Head bartender at Shoreditch House Tom Kerr told us: "Frosé originated in New York and was simply brought about by trying to improve and have a bit of fun with serving the popular rose wine. This summer has seen the Frosé trend catch on globally. There has been a significant rise in frozen boozy drinks being served by bars and cafes in the last couple of years. Frose has of course been a popular one due to its simplicity and already popular rose wine.
"At Shoreditch House we have served frozen drinks for years. In the height of summer it helps with speed of service and is a bit of fun for our members on the rooftop around the pool.”
House member, journalist and unofficial pink wine expert Sofia Zagzoule says: "Londoners have been going mad for it, it's the perfect long drink to help us cool off on a hot day because the clever combination of pink wine and vermouth means it's not super sickly like some other summer tipples, and it still has a killer buzz."
So there are loads of ways to pimp your Frosé, but don't forget that using the right wine in the first place is crucial to creating a killer party drink (and the good news is that you don't need to splash too much cash).
Avoid the palest pinks and go big and bold, advises M&S Wine Buyer Eizabeth Kelly, who told us: “I would suggest picking a rosé with a fuller flavour - as the wine is going to be quite cold, a delicate a Provençal style will be lost - and something with a touch of sweetness would also work well.
"Look for new world wine styles from Australia, and Chile which are nice and bright in colour and full of fruity flavours. You could also experiment with adding a dash of liqueur, the M&S Elderflower flavoured liqueur or Summer Berry Liqueur would both work well (£10)."
Cheers to that. And here's to a raucous, rose-tinted, ruddy marvellous bank holiday weekend.