It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Time for overflowing glasses of champagne, beers on tap, bottles upon bottles of wine, and endless cocktails. Yes, it’s the holiday season and festivities are in full force! But each year it seems that one very important beverage is left out of the fun: rosé, that is.
This year, don’t leave out the best stuff. Some of the most interesting cocktails out there include rosé as an ingredient, and some of the most classic cocktails can be given a rosy upgrade.
We know what you might be thinking: you can’t put rosé into a cocktail! It’s blasphemy, you say! But each rosé has a different flavor profile and, when put into a cocktail, adds a unique element of flavor that is to die for. We definitely suggest you go for a delicious yet cheaper bottle of rosé when making these cocktails, and saving the more expensive for a special occasion to drink on its own.
Here are seven unique and delicious rosé cocktails for you to try this holiday season, and the many seasons to come. (The recipes are per one cocktail, unless otherwise stated.)
A unique cocktail in and of itself, this is the perfect blend of whiskey and wine (ahem, rosé) and citrus.
For this cocktail, we recommend using a dry yet floral rosé, like the Jean-Luc Colombo “Cape Bleue” Rosé from Coteaux d’Aix Provence.
1 tsp rose syrup*
2 tbsp grapefruit juice
Mix ingredients together in a shaker and pour over ice in lowball glass. Top with sparkling water, and add twist to rim of glass as garnish.
One of the simplest, most refreshing cocktails. This is the kind of cocktail that you can make the rosé shine, so when choosing your rosé, opt for one that is juicier with ripe fruit flavors, especially because the sparkling water has the potential to completely water-down the rosé.
Our pick for this spritzer cocktail is Gassier Sables d’Azur Rosé from Provence, for price, color, and flavor.
1 375ml bottle of sparkling water
(makes about 4 servings)
Combine rosé and sparkling water in large pitcher. Pour over ice and small handful of pomegranates in a glass. Stir well, and serve.
St. Germain is an elderflower liqueur, often drank as an aperitif with sparkling water. It’s floral taste adds a touch of elegance to any cocktail, and with rosé, this liqueur definitely shines. This Rosé and St. Germain spritzer is a unique twist to the St. Germain cocktail, and will surely impress your fellow party-goers this holiday season.
We recommend a dry sparkling rosé, like this one from Cruse in Bordeaux.
½ oz St. Germain Liqueur
4 oz sparkling rosé
Put lemon slices, bitters, and St. Germain into a glass with ice. Top with sparkling rosé.
A gimlet is essentially a martini with fresh lime juice, instead of the olive juice or lemon twist. The addition of rosé to the gimlet adds a refined punch to the already strong martini.
Any rosé would be great with this one, but we recommend one that is dry and bright, to pair well with the gin and lime, like the Mirabeau Classic Provence Rosé.
1 oz gin
2 oz rosé
Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass, and serve.
*You can easily find simple syrup at your local grocery or liquor store, but it’s just as easy to make at home. All you need is 1 part sugar and 1 part water, brought to a boil and cooled down. Perhaps that’s why they call it “simple” syrup!
The Bellini is a cocktail from Italy, traditionally served with Prosecco and peach purée. This Lemon Rosé Bellini will become your new tradition for holiday parties (and every other festive occasion)!
Prosecco is a fruity yet creamy sparkling wine, so a similar sparkling rosé is perfect for this Bellini cocktail, like the Mumm Napa Brut Rosé, which has lovely red fruit flavors with a creamy taste.
Stir together lemon sorbet and citrus vodka in a shaker. Add sparkling rosé and stir well. Strain into a champagne flute & garnish with raspberries.
The French 75 is my favorite drink during the holidays; festive, fun, and delicious. A simple change to sparkling rosé has taken this cocktail to a new, rosy level.
Any good sparkling rosé will do, but this bright yet delicate Mateus Sparkling Brut Rosé from Portugal is ideal for this twist on the French 75.
Stir together gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a shaker. Pour contents from the shaker into a champagne flute, top with sparkling rosé, and garnish with lemon twist.
Kir Royal is a typical French cocktail made with champagne and creme de cassis, a blackcurrant liqueur. We are more intrigued by this Kir Rosé, which substitutes plain champagne for a bright, sparkling rosé.
For this, try the Brut Rosé from Korbel, a perfectly bright and fruity rosé for this rosy take on the Kir Royal.
Pour creme de cassis into champagne flute; add dash of simple syrup and top with sparkling rosé. Garnish with berries.