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NYC rosé cocktails, from frozé to rosecco

If last year was the summer of rosé, 2016 is the summer of the rosé cocktail.

The pink wine has been a featured ingredient in many new cocktails, from frozen concoctions to complex tipples.

“Rosé can be good for cocktails especially if it has good acidity,” says Joe Campanale, beverage director of the seasonal outdoor bar Alta Linea, which added a rosé cocktail to its drinks menu this year. “It can balance out a cocktail and be a good palate for other flavors.”

For the perfect summer sip, here’s where you can find rosé cocktails in NYC.

Alta Linea's Prosé

It may be known for its Frozen Negroni,
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It may be known for its Frozen Negroni, but the outdoor bar in the High Line Hotel Garden has more tricks up its sleeve, including its new Prosé. The cocktail features a mix of Griffard Pamplemousse, rosé wine and Greenhook Ginsmiths Gin, served in a wine glass over ice with a cucumber garnish. "Generally I don't love the idea of putting ice in good wine, but I'll make an exception here," Campanale says. $15; 180 10th Ave., 212-933-9735, altalineanyc.com

The Bennett's Strawberry Letter

The newish TriBeCa cocktail bar is serving up
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The newish TriBeCa cocktail bar is serving up a rosé spritzer in its Strawberry Letter, made with Vinho Verde Rosé, aperol, club soda and a strawberry shrub, garnished with strawberries and served over ice in a wine glass. "We wanted to make sure we had something low ABV on the menu for spring, and personally I love rosé spritzer," says bartender Meaghan Dorman. "I think the aperol and strawberry shrub keep it interesting." $15; 134 W. Broadway, thebennettbar.com

Loopy Doopy's Rosecco with a People's Pop

This rooftop bar atop the Conrad Hotel is
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This rooftop bar atop the Conrad Hotel is already known for its Instagram-worthy Prosecco and Ice Pop cocktail -- a glass of wine with an alcoholic People's Pop sticking out of it. New for this summer is the Rosécco -- a mix of rosé and Prosecco that is served with your choice of boozy popsicle. $25; 102 North End Ave., 646-769-4250, conradnewyork.com

Chilo's Frozé

The Bed-Stuy bar already has a strong margarita
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The Bed-Stuy bar already has a strong margarita program, ideal for sipping in its outdoor patio. And now, you can enjoy its Frozé -- a refreshing blend of rose wine, fresh grapefruit, white rum and honey -- out there, too. $11; 323 Franklin Ave., Bedford-Stuyvesant, 718-676-5245, chilosbk.com

La Pecora Bianca’s Rosato

Among the nearly year-old Italian restaurant's four different
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Among the nearly year-old Italian restaurant's four different negroni options is the Rosato - a sweet yet sharp combo of Fords Gin, Lillet Rosé, Campari, grapefruit juice and orange juice. And if you're going for just the pink stuff, La Pecora Bianca has its own private label rosé made from Tuscan grapes that's available on tap or by the bottle. $14; 1133 Broadway, 212-498-9696, lapecorabianca.com

Gansevoort Park Avenue's Frosé 

The Frosé at the hotel's new surf town-inspired
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The Frosé at the hotel's new surf town-inspired rooftop bar, The Drift, is like dessert in a glass. The cocktail features a scoop of frozen rosé sorbet that's topped with sparkling rosé and garnished with fresh fruit. $19 ($15 Fridays); 420 Park Ave. S., 212-317-2900, gansevoorthotelgroup.com

STK Rooftop's Frozé

For another sorbert-rosé pairing, this entry into the
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For another sorbert-rosé pairing, this entry into the Frozé category from the rooftop lounge, located atop the STK Downtown, features a glass of sparkling rosé with a scoop of strawberry sorbet -- as well as views of the Hudson River and High Line. $18; 26 Little W. 12th St., fourth fl., 646-624-2441, togrp.com

Extra Fancy's Frozemonade

There are more than 300 cocktail recipes from
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There are more than 300 cocktail recipes from nearly two dozen Brooklyn bars and restaurants in the new book, "Brooklyn Bartender: A Modern Guide to Cocktails and Spirits," by Carey Jones. But one of the standouts is the Frozemonade by Rob Krueger of Extra Fancy, a "frozen slush of rosé and lemonade." For more of a boozey bite, a float of any spirit can be added to the top, such as vodka, tequila or gin, the book notes.

How to make Frozemonade:

4 oz. dry rosé wine

3⁄4 oz. simple syrup

1⁄2 oz. lemon juice

Combine all the ingredients in a blender with 1 cup of ice and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with a mint sprig.

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