Perfectly Balanced Rosé Cocktails
While rosé are not as common and the typical red and white varieties, the pink stuff has increased in popularity (especially in America). The good old U.S. of A. is now one of the leading producers of rosé wine and Americans drink more rosé than any other country. By far.
Just like red and white wines, there are several varieties of rosé each with their own color, flavor, acidity and sweetness level. But all rosé wines will have a zesty citrus flavor, will be sweet (though the levels can vary greatly) and will look amazing in your Instagram photo.
But don’t wait too long. Wine experts recommend drinking rosés as close to the bottling year as possible. Unlike some red wines, the zest and aroma of rosé can diminish over time. This means you don’t have to wait to enjoy a bottle you just bought. YAY!
Do you know what makes rosé wine pink? They get their characteristic color because they are made with only a little bit of the grape skin instead of no grape skin (white wines) or with grape skin (red wines). By adding just a touch of the outer grape, rosé gets a pink color and a different taste profile than the other two.
OK, now that we have maneuvered through rosé 101, let’s get down to the task at hand: Rosé cocktails. They are a perfect accompaniment to a summer evening on the back porch or to whip up quickly for a get-together. Here are a couple of our favorites.
- 2 bottles chilled rosé wine
- 1/4 cantaloupe
- 1 small peach
- 1 small nectarine
- 6 tablespoons sugar
Peel the cantaloupe and slice it, the peach and nectarine into bite-size pieces. Pour wine into a large pitcher, and stir in sugar. Add sliced fruit and cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Optional: add 1.5 cups of red raspberries before refrigerating.
- 3.5 oz of fruity rosé
- 1 tablespoon of raspberry-flavoured vodka
- 2 tablespoons of pink grapefruit juice
- Chilled cherryade to top up
- Maraschino cherry to garnish (optional)
Pour the wine, vodka and juice into a tall tumbler half-filled with ice. Stir gently then top up with cherryade, adding as much or as little as you like (bearing in mind the cherryade is sweet). Garnish with the maraschino cherry.
Ruby on Rails
- 2 or 3 medium strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1 3/4 ounces fruity rosé wine
- 3/4 ounce Strawberry Syrup
- 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce Pimm’s No. 1
Combine all the ingredients, minus the strawberries, in a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice and shake until chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into a glass filled with ice, garnish with strawberries and serve.
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