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By: Kara Franker

The Art of the Frosé Cocktail in Miami

It’s the super sweet summer cocktail that everyone’s talking about and it just happens to be one of the most Instagrammed libations on social media. There’s something both spectacular and relaxing about lounging poolside and sipping on an ice-cold glass of frosé, especially in Miami where the tropical breeze keeps you cool, and the water views go on for miles.

While traditional rosé is a favorite afternoon wine order for well-heeled resort aficionados around the world, Miami has a particularly strong rosé game. Interestingly, the origin of the blush wine’s frozen sister cocktail, frosé, traces back to a New York hotspot, Bar Primi in 2016. And today, the phenomenon has reached a whole new level in Miami. Here are some of our favorite spots to sip frosé, as well as a few recipes that you can try at home while you plan your next beach escape down south. 

1 Hotel
Enjoy stunning views while sipping Frosé at 1 Hotel South Beach

Frosé All Day at 1 Hotel South Beach

The rooftop pool deck and restaurant at 1 Hotel South Beach offers the very best that Miami has to offer when it comes to drop-dead gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean, stylish and eco-friendly lounge furniture, and a hip vibe that attracts the who’s who of in-the-know locals. Offered as a regular cocktail on WATR’s menu, “Frosé All Day” is made with rosé wine, Skyy Vodka, peach, Lillet Rouge and fresh citrus. "It’s the perfect refreshing rosé cocktail for any occasion,” says Steven Minor, Director of Beverage at 1 Hotel South Beach. “What makes it unique is the addition of Lillet Rouge—a lightly spiced, bitter aperitif wine that gives it a distinguished tartness." An upgrade for the average glass of rosé, “Frosé All Day” is the perfect frozen cocktail for a warm, sunny day in South Beach.

La Côte
Enjoy oceanside Frosé cocktails at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach

La Côte Frosé at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Venture further north to the luxurious and iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach, and prepare to be intoxicated by the South of France vibe and vivacious DJ inspired bar scene at La Côte. This oceanfront Mediterranean restaurant, recently voted Miami’s Best Poolside Dining Spot by the Miami New Times, serves up an all-day menu with favorites like crab cakes, grilled octopus, lobster, and quinoa salad. Their signature frosé is made with rosé wine, aperol, and slush mix.  “It’s a very refreshing cocktail,” says John Riccardo, Director of Beverage for the iconic hotel.  “Our version adds aperol, which gives it a hint of citrus flavor, perfect for summer out by the pool.”

Eden Roc
Enjoy ocean views with frosé served in a mason jar at The Eden Roc Miami Beach

Miami Frosé at Malibu Farm Miami

If frosé-hopping is the theme of the day you need not wander too far. The Eden Roc Miami Beach is only a short walk away, and home base for Malibu Farm Miami, one of the best waterfront restaurants in the destination. There's nothing more quintessentially Miami than taking in direct ocean views with a frosé served in a mason jar. Made with Grey Goose vodka, Rosé All Day wine, and fresh peach, pear, and citrus, Malibu Farm's frosé pairs perfectly with Chef Helene Henderson's colorful, farm-to-beach fare, like the famous Avocado Pizza made with jalapeño, ricotta, agave, cilantro, and lime.

Miami Frosé Recipes

Famous for its specialty rosé wine list with more than 20 options, The Standard Spa, Miami Beach has a particularly delicious recipe for frosé. Located on a tiny island next to South Beach, the hotel and spa is located in a lush tropical oasis with an indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy-inspired pool deck. It’s the perfect place to lounge with never-ending water views of Biscayne Bay while sipping on a cold cocktail. The Standard’s in-house wine expert, Amy Demoga shared her delectable frosé recipe with Vogue:

  • 3 oz. Citrus Kelvin Blender Slush Mix
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1.5 oz. your choice of rosé wine
  • 1 oz. peach puree
  • 0.25 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 1 tsp. prickly-pear puree (for color)
  • 1.5 cups ice

Directions: Mix, blend and serve.

Or here is another frosé recipe you could try at home. Miami blogger Cristina Bustamante (@survivingcristina) swears by it-girl Jennifer Garner’s version. Cristina’s tip is to “try to find to find a rosé with a darker color, so it still looks pink after blending.”

  • 1 bottle rosé chilled (give it some time in the freezer)
  • 2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Ice

Directions: Put half of the ingredients into the blender and add about 2 cups of ice. Blend until slushy, adding ice until you find the right consistency. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

One thing is for sure: there’s no better way to cool off this summer than with a fancy garnished glass of frosé and Miami’s tropical-meets-glamorous vibe to set the scene.

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