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This Might Just Be The Drink Of The Summer

Repeat after me: frozémonade.

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That's exactly how I felt when I tried frozémonade for the first time.

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My first frozémonade experience was a chance encounter in the middle of a lobster roll crawl. One minute I'm talking about the difference between Maine- and Connecticut-style lobster rolls and explaining why pimenton is different from regular paprika; the next minute I'm being presented with a mason jar filled with what looks like a Slurpee and is actually rosé. There was also a fancy metal straw. This was maybe the most Brooklyn moment of my life.

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Frozémonade is rosé and lemonade blended together into a wine slushie. It is literally everything you could want in a summer drink.

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Frozémonade is sweet, a little sour, and not too strong, aka perfect for outdoor (day) drinking. This version was created by Robert Kruger, a bartender at Extra Fancy in Williamsburg. He tells BuzzFeed the drink has gotten so popular that they sell hundreds of them on any given weekend night. While they're made-to-order at the inside bar, they're served on tap from a huge frozen drink machine at the bar in Extra Fancy's backyard.

It's cold, has just the ~right amount~ of booze, and is SUPER EASY to make.

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You will need: Rosé, lemon juice, simple syrup (sugar + water, here's how), crushed ice, and mint for garnish. (For the full recipe, jump to the bottom of this post.)

You'll also need a blender. At Extra Fancy, they blend individual drinks by screwing the base of their blender right onto a mason jar, basically turning the blender into a DIY Magic Bullet. You can do this if you want — it looks pretty awesome and might score you some hostess points at a party — or you can make four drinks at once in full-size blender pitcher.

To make one drink, combine 3/4 ounce lemon juice, 1 ounce simple syrup, and 4 ounces rosé in a 12-ounce glass.

"You want a rosé that's a little bit fruity, with some color," says Kruger. "It shouldn't be anything expensive, but it should be something you'd want to drink*." Rosé with a darker, deeper color will make for a prettier drink, and the fruit flavors will pair well with the citrus.

*So, we don't recommend that you make this with some cheap, terrible boxed wine. But if you decide to do that anyway, it'll ~probably~ still taste pretty good.

Fill the glass up with crushed ice, then screw on the blender top.

If you're using a full-size blender, you'll fill the blender up with crushed ice. It's important that you don't use big ice cubes, since they're much harder to blend.

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You're gonna want to drink it quickly, because it's that good, but beware of ~frozémonade freeze~.

Frozémonade freeze is what happens when brain freeze and inebriation happen at the same time. It is unpleasant.

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FROZÉMONADE

Recipe by Extra Fancy's Robert Kruger

For best results, chill the rosé, lemon juice, and simple syrup in the refrigerator before you blend.

Makes 4 12-ounce drinks

INGREDIENTS

16 ounces (2 cups) rosé

3 ounces (⅓ cup) lemon juice

4 ounces (½ cup) simple syrup

6 cups crushed ice

Mint, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine rosé, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a blender pitcher, then add the ice (if all the ice doesn't fit in your blender, use a little less). Blend just until the frozémonade is the consistency of slush, 10 to 20 seconds. Serve immediately in four glasses, garnished with a sprig of mint.

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