There are few things as delightful as sitting outside, basking in the sun, and sipping on a crisp, bright glass of rosé. It’s no wonder the pink-hued wine has skyrocketed in popularity, with frosé now on nearly every summer menu and rosé gummy bears everywhere from candy stores to the pages of Vogue. The drink is synonymous with summer bliss, and we can’t get enough of it.
Though grabbing a good bottle is more than satisfactory, mixing it with the likes of lavender or pouring it over a simple sorbet produce next-level flavors. Not to mention, it means there are that many more reasons to drink it—in moderation, of course. Whether looking for a little more punch a la tequila or a touch of fanciness with sparkle and citrus, these rosé cocktails ensure your rosé-induced happiness lasts all summer long (and then some).
The best rosé cocktails are the ones that lightly enhance the wine’s already amazing flavor, like this simple rosé wine cocktail. Made with fresh lemon and grapefruit—it’d be pretty delicious with blood orange too—a splash of gin, dash of simple syrup (we prefer honey), and some ice, it’s the type of drink you can whip up in a flash. Because who wants to labor in the kitchen when the great outdoors (slash your backyard) awaits?
As much as we love classic mimosas, it’s nice to a take a break from the O.J. and spice things up with seasonal ingredients—in this case, lychee. The stone fruit has a softly sweet flavor, and despite its exotic name, is widely accessible even if you don’t live on a tropical island (phew).
Though fresh is always best, this time opt for a can but go light on the syrup as the fruit is sweet enough. If you can’t find store-bought rose water—hint: look in the skincare section at organic markets—whip up some at home and fill a spray bottle with leftovers. Rose water is a great all-natural toner and a lovely way to freshen up after spending hours in the sun sipping rosé.
While frosé may be uber trendy, we like channeling our childhood and opting for a slushy. This recipe also includes our second-favorite summer ingredient, watermelon, making it thick and fruity and kind of resembling a smoothie. (Which means it’s healthyish, right?)
For the freshest flavor, pop rosé in the freezer in the morning—in a freezer-friendly container, NOT the bottle—and blend the semi-frozen wine with watermelon and a handful of ice cubes right before serving. For an extra refreshing touch, add a pinch of fresh mint to the batch before blending.
Tequila and rosé may sound like a lethal, and rather unpleasant, combination, but the two punchy flavors blend seamlessly thanks to the cocktail of fresh summer fruits and a gut-friendly secret ingredient: kombucha. Make sure to use silver tequila and a dry, light rosé to make sure the booze isn’t overpowering. And feel free to use whichever fruits fit your fancy—though we highly recommend keeping strawberries and peaches in the mix.
If you’re short on time or making things from scratch isn’t your thing, keep this insanely easy rosé wine spritzer recipe in your back pocket. All you need is cherry sorbet, a bottle of rosé, and seltzer water. The fresh mint is optional. Simply drop a spoonful of the sorbet into a wide-topped glass, fill a quarter of the glass with rosé, and top with seltzer. Though most rosé cocktails taste best with a dry variety (often the lightest shades of pink), this recipe is delicious with a fuller-bodied, fruity blend.
A great way to hydrate while boozing: Make your cocktails with tea! These ginger and jasmine rosé cocktails are as refreshing as it gets, and they’re on the healthy side too. To kick their health level up a notch, opt for honey instead of simple syrup—a tiny bit goes a long way —or nix the sweetener and buy a fruitier rosé, which is often sweet enough on its own.
While we’re all about shortcuts, this recipe is best made completely from scratch. Though that may sound like a pain in the buns, once you taste the lemonade, your kitchen woes will be forgotten and you’ll be super pleased you have leftovers on hand. Not to mention, making the lemonade really isn’t that hard. We’re not huge fans of simple syrup, but it really does taste best in this recipe. Plus, any you don’t use for the lemonade tastes great in iced lattes (among other recipes).
To call this recipe a breeze would be an understatement. Simply muddle mint leaves, lime, and sugar in a pitcher (the sugar muddles nicer than syrup and cuts back on sweetness); add a bottle of sparkling rosé; give the mixture a quick whirl; and pour into glasses filled with ice and sliced strawberries.
To make the drinks slightly lighter, fill the glasses three-quarters full and top the rest with seltzer. Did life give you lemons? Feel free to use 'em in place of the limes. Though not a classic mojito, the cocktail tastes just as good.
We never would’ve thought to put rosé and tequila together, but boy are we glad we gave it a try. This recipe is full of unexpected twists—hello, freeze-dried strawberry powder—but comes together beautifully (flavor-wise and in appearance).
Make sure to use fresh squeezed orange juice to temper the sweetness and try substituting chili salt for the classic sugar rim for the perfect complement to the fruit mixture. Another pro tip: Use blood orange juice for an even more vibrant flavor.