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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. 

“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.

“No Way Frosé” at Pisco y Nazca in Kendall

Venture further down south and you’ll find a friendly neighborhood called Kendall, a well-to-do suburb in Miami. And it’s well worth the trip if you’re looking to amp up your cocktail game. The “No Way Frosé” is only available at Pisco y Nazca’s Kendall location (there’s also one in Doral), and it’s not your everyday glass of wine. This carefully crafted cocktail is made with a rosé blend, Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka, St. Elder liqueur and a secret ingredient. "We do a modern twist on a traditional frosé by using lemon juice as a secret ingredient for an added crisp and zesty kick," says Joel Mesa, Beverage Manager at Centurion Restaurant Group. Or for a Miami twist on another frozen concoction, try the Hibiscus Mojito made with Flor de Caña, sparkling rosé, hibiscus ginger syrup all muddled with mint leaves. It’s a nod to the iconic mojito that Miami is known for and just as tasty with a bit of added pizzazz (a.k.a. that sparkling rosé).

“The Weekend Warrior” at Swan in the Miami Design District

The Miami Design District’s newest hotspot, Swan, is the brainchild of hospitality mogul David Grutman and iconic performing artist Pharrell Williams. The interiors are just as chic as the neighborhood vibe that the Design District is known for, so it’s a place you’ll want stay awhile and people watch. Swan’s “The Weekend Warrior” is the perfect rosé cocktail for groups and is offered during the restaurant’s popular brunch every Saturday and Sunday. “The Weekend Warrior rosé cocktail pitcher is part of the recent brunch launch at Swan, which has quickly turned into the spot for Miami locals and travelers who are looking for a see and be seen vibe,” says Karol Ansaldi, Beverage Manager at Groot Hospitality. “We add tequila, Wtrmln Wtr, and honey to the rosé pitcher with fresh raspberry and blackberry as a final touch for brightness and flavor. It’s delicious and pairs perfectly with our brunch dishes." Now doesn’t that sound heavenly?

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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