It has long been one of the most popular summer drinks.
Now experts predict that a new version of rosé may soon become Britain’s next big trend in wine.
Frozen rosé – or ‘frosé’ – is made by blending the pink wine with lemon juice and sugar before popping it in the freezer for six hours.
The result is a slushie-style concoction that is proving wildly popular in the small selection of cocktail bars where it is already being sold.
Thousands of people across the country have also posted pictures of homemade versions of the drink on social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram.
The Beaufort House bar in Chelsea, West London, claims it has been inundated with requests for frosé after adding it to the menu earlier this month. It has now become their best-selling drink.
Hannah Cary, 25, events manager at Beaufort House, said that while the drink provided a sense of nostalgia for some drinkers who remember slurping on brightly-coloured fruit slushies as children, it also had a universal appeal to the young and old.
She said: ‘We have had all ages of people come in to ask for a glass of frose, we have been absolutely inundated with requests and some people do get quite nostalgic about it.
‘When one person sees another customer order a glass of it in the bar, they also want to have one. It’s the same effect as if somebody sees another person with a flaming shot – they’re immediately curious and want to try it themselves.
‘Our director had been over to New York and saw the kind of drinks that were really popular and people wanted to order. Frose was being served over there in everything from martini to wine glasses.
‘So when we added our seasonal cocktails to our menu for summer, we decided that frose would be a good addition and decided to serve it in a big wine glass.
‘We have been getting some really good feedback on the drink – it’s great for people who work in the area and want to have a drink when they are finished at the office for the day. It’s good to have something different.
‘Particularly because it’s the middle of summer, and because of the buzz about it on social media, it’s certainly the drink people are talking about.’
The idea for the alcoholic slushie came from Bar Primi in New York, where the general manager Justin Sievers wanted to create a new drink using rose wine that was suitable for long hot afternoons.
Wine experts may have turned their noses up at rose in the past, sales of the pink wine have trebled in the past decade and it is now one of Sainsbury’s biggest selling drinks.
Every one bottle in 10 sold last year was rose and the supermarket giant alone sold 15 million bottles.
Although it may now be a similar strength to the likes of red and white wine, rose is claimed to have been created as a diluted version of red wine in Greece.
Legend states that one Greek king mixed red wine with water so his counsellors did not become so heated during their debates.
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