Tantalise Your Taste Buds With A Delicious Rosé Wine Cocktail
Now this is more like it; plenty of sunshine and perfect temperatures in the low twenties. We’re no longer sweltering in the heat and the grass is green once more thanks to a few summer downpours. A Sunday afternoon in the garden is certainly in order this weekend and we have the perfect accompaniment to relaxing on a lounger with a good book or chilling out with a few friends along with the BBQ; rosé wine cocktails!
When you open a bottle of rosé wine the first thing that hits you is the summer fruit scent. Whether it’s a Californian Zinfandel Rosé or a South African Shiraz Rosé, the beautiful colour, subtle sweetness and vivacious fruitiness will never fail to get your taste buds tingling. Premier Estates Wine have 4 amazing, award winning rosé wines in our portfolio; 3 still wines from California, South Africa and Italy, and also our terrifically popular “Pink Prosecco” sparkling Italian Grand Rosé.
The distinctive characteristics of a good quality rosé wine make it perfect for turning into a super summery cocktail and we have some wonderful recipes for you right here that make the most of these characteristics and which are quick and easy to put together. There’s bound to be a cocktail recipe here to pique the interest of each and every wine enthusiast. Let’s take a look:
Summer Fruit Bellini
This is a great all-rounder of a cocktail as the recipe can be tweaked to suit your tastes. Just choose the summer fruit that best suits you. We would advise a slightly more dry wine for this cocktail to complement the sweetness of the fruit; our South African Shiraz rosé would be ideal. Here’s the recipe:
- Blackcurrant, redcurrant, raspberry or strawberry confiture
- A shot of vodka
- A shot of crème de cassis
- 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
- Crushed ice
Half fill a large wine glass with the rosé wine add some crushed ice. Put in a couple of teaspoons of your chosen confiture and stir in the vodka, crème de cassis and lemon juice. As you add these, you can taste-test to set your preferred level of sweetness and acidity of the lemon juice.
The Rosé Cherry Chiller
You’ll definitely need an exciting rosé for this one, so choose our Italian Grand Rosé (aka Pink Prosecco) to provide the perfect base. You will also need:-
- A shot of Cherry Vodka
- 2 shots of freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
- Chilled cherryade
- A cocktail cherry
- Crushed ice
Fill a large wine glass halfway with the Italian Grand Rosé wine and a little crushed ice. Gently stir in the shot of cherry vodka and the shots of grapefruit juice and then carefully add the cherryade so that you don’t get a mad fizz-over. Pop in the cocktail cherry and give the whole thing a gentle stir to help all those flavours blend perfectly.
Our Californian Zinfandel rosé works well with this cocktail. The subtle sweetness is enhanced wonderfully by the strawberry, zingy orange and mellow mango combination. The ingredients are as follows:
- 3 shots of strawberry syrup
- 2 teaspoons of mango sorbet
- 2 shots of fresh orange juice
- Crushed ice
Half fill a large wine glass with the crushed ice and then top up with rosé wine, leaving room for the strawberry syrup, orange juice and mango. The quantities can be tweaked to suit your taste but this cocktail is designed to be gentle on the taste buds. You can add a shot of strawberry liqueur if you’d like an extra kick in your cocktail; it’s entirely your choice.
Mellow Mint Rosé
This cocktail works best with our Italian Blush rosé which has a subtle sweetness to complement the rest of subtle flavours of the other ingredients. It will leave you with a lovely, cool sensation in your mouth with every sip. You will need:
- 3 sprigs of mint, preferably from the small, fresh leaves at the top of the plant
- A shot/teaspoon of syrup
- A little white pepper (this is not obligatory)
- Sparkling water, chilled
- Crushed ice
Put the mint, syrup and a little pepper into a cocktail shaker with some ice and give it a vigorous shake. Fill a wine glass to halfway with the rosé wine and then carefully add the contents of the shaker. Top up with a little chilled sparkling water and enjoy!
We have a whole host of rosé wine cocktails in our repertoire and we’ll be sure to return to this topic very soon. Until then, enjoy these recipes and be sure to make the most of the best of the UK weather.