We love some frozen rosé on a hot day, but the ubiquity of pink wines in recent years makes us seek out something different. Enter Friesling, or frozen riesling.
The white grape variety that hails from Germany’s Rhine region is perfect for a slushy wine cocktail, thanks to its fruit-driven, floral flavors and high acidity. Online searches for Friesling recipes bring up a lot of fruity, sweet-sounding options; peach and blackberry are frequent flavors.
We prefer our Friesling a bit drier, like this version from Thief, a new bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It combines riesling, Rockey’s botanical liqueur, white grape juice, vodka, lemon, lime and orange. John McNulty, who opened Thief in June, shared the recipe for a big batch of Friesling.
Combine ingredients in a slushy machine or use a blender for smaller portions.
(makes about 44 servings)
9 bottles of Riesling
½ gallon of Kelvin Slush Frose Blanc mix
1 750 ml. bottle of Rockey’s Botanical liqueur
½ gallon of White grape juice
50 oz. Vodka
4 oz. Lemon juice
4 oz. Lime juice
4 oz. Orange juice
½ gallon of Water