Warm summer evenings really call for a nice bottle of rosé wine or a refreshing cocktail to be enjoyed pre-dinner.
Though I really like to kick off the evening with a cocktail in hand, it has taken me a while to mix anything with wine. Especially good quality wine, as for me it is best enjoyed undiluted.
That said, when I started to try my hand at some wine cocktails using rosé wines, I really got hooked. Rosé is a style of wine that can greatly enhance a cocktail and mixing with rosé wines is easy too.
Below, I have put together a couple of easy rosé summer cocktails I am sure once you have tried them, you will be as obsessed with than I am.
There is seemingly no end of exciting variations to the classic Margarita. A favourite of mine is the frozen Margarita, which however takes a bit more time and preparation. For a quicker, but equally refreshing version, I usually settle on this easy Rosé Margarita.
40 ml simple syrup
40 ml lime juice
40 ml tequila
125 ml rosé wine
Pour into a glass over ice and stir well.
Elderflower Rosé Spritzer
Wine spritzers are the perfect summer drinks, made of wine (flat or sparkling), soda or tonic water and a shot of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
I really love this one, which adds an additional pop of fruity flavour with the elderflower syrup and tonic water.
15 ml elderflower syrup
120 ml rosé wine
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Elderflower tonic water
Pour rosé wine, elderflower syrup and lemon juice in a mixing glass and gently stir to combine.
Pour the mixture over ice in a glass and top up with the elderflower tonic water.
Garnish with lemon slices and basil leaves.
Believe me, you will love it.
This summer add a splash of rosé to your classic mojito for a refreshing, fruity punch.
10 mint leaves plus 3-4 for garnish
35 ml gin
15 ml simple syrup
20 ml lime juice
50 ml rosé wine
50 ml soda or tonic water
Some berries for garnishing
In a cocktail glass, gently muddle the mint leaves. Add gin and stir well, then add crushed ice, simple syrup, lime juice and rosé wine.
Stir to combine all ingredients and top up with soda or tonic water. Garnish with some mint leaves and if you like some mixed berries.
This drink resembles a classic Spanish Sangria, the much-loved summer drink which typically uses red wine combined with fruits and spices. It definitely looks and tastes of cheer summer joy.
90 ml rosé wine
30 ml ruby red grapefruit juice
15 ml lime juice
15 ml Cointreau (or any other orange liqueur)
Fill a large balloon glass with ice, add the liquids and stir gently. Garnish with berries and a lemon slice.
Rosé Strawberry Lemonade
A super easy cocktail put together in no time that tastes of genuine summer feeling.
120 ml rosé wine
30 ml lemon juice
30 ml strawberry syrup
Water or soda
In a large wine glass, pour all liquids over ice and top up with water or soda. Garnish with a rosemary spring or if you like some strawberries.
The Rosé Bouquet
Another one of my favourite summer cocktails, this one using gin and the increasingly favourite wine-based Lillet Blanc wine from France.
90 ml rosé wine
45 ml gin
25 ml Lillet Blanc
90 ml ruby red grapefruit juice
Fill a glass with abundant ice, then add all ingredients and stir. Garnish with a grapefruit or lime wedge and a rosemary spring.
This refreshing cocktail gets its name from the rosé wine it was originally created with – the Whispering Angel rosé from Château d’Esclans in Provence, France. Of course, it is fine to use other rosé wines as well but ideally you should look for fruity, strawberry and cherry notes in the wine.
60 ml vodka
7 ml simple syrup
60 ml rosé wine
60 ml club soda or tonic water
Add all ingredients in a chilled glass and stir gently.
Rosé and Gin Pink Gimlet
Two of my favourites combined: rosé wine and gin. Plus, this one is made in no time and always looks lovely on the table.
25 ml gin
75 ml rosé wine
25 ml lime juice
Add to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass and garnish with a lime twist.
What is your favourite summer cocktail?