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This Might Just Be The Drink Of The Summer

Repeat after me: frozémonade.

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You know that feeling when you meet someone and really hit it off, and it immediately feels like you've known each other forever?

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

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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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.

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.

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.
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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.

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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.

Blend just until it turns to slush.

It won't take more than 30 seconds; don't overblend, or it might start melting.
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It won't take more than 30 seconds; don't overblend, or it might start melting.

Garnish with some mint, if you're feelin' it.

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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.

FROZÉMONADERecipe by Extra Fancy's Robert KrugerFor best results, chill the rosé, lemon juice, and simple syrup in the refrigerator before you blend. Makes 4 12-ounce drinksINGREDIENTS16 ounces (2 cups) rosé3 ounces (⅓ cup) lemon juice4 ounces (½ cup) simple syrup6 cups crushed iceMint, for garnishINSTRUCTIONSCombine 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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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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