Jul 6, 2018 Drinks

7 Delicious Rosé Cocktails to Up Your Hosting Game

by Sophie Miura

Summer rooftop parties and alfresco dinners are in full swing, which makes this the perfect time to whip up refreshing rosé cocktails. In fact, if you’re looking for a light signature drink that’ll wow guests, experts say rosé makes the perfect base. A Drync study found that the blush-colored wine grew in popularity by a massive 196% last year—yes, everyone’s obsessed with the pretty pastel wine, and nothing will stop us from sipping on it. 

Far from just a cocktail party favorite, says Dark Horse winemaker Beth Liston, rosé is surprisingly versatile. “Don’t let that delicate pink hue fool you. Rosé is a great choice for brunch, and it’s equally good with a smoky backyard barbecue or fried chicken,” she says. If your cocktail expertise is limited to owning a bar cart and mixing vodka with soda, don’t fret—we’ve got seven stunningly simple recipes to boost your entertaining game, care of a few of our favorite mixologists.

Pop a bottle, and prepare the glassware. These rosé cocktails taste as good as they look.

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Illustrations: Stephanie DeAngelis

Servings: 1

Ingredients

3 oz. Dark Horse rosé
1/2 oz. simple syrup
2 strawberries, halved
1 lemon wheel
1 bottle club soda
Strawberry and mint sprigs, to garnish

Directions

Gently muddle the strawberries and lemon wheel in a stemless wineglass so the juices and flavor are released. Add the simple syrup and rosé wine; then fill the glass with ice and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish the spritzer with a strawberry and a mint spring.

Created by Dark Horse mixologist Lauren Davis

Anthroplogie Rose All Day Dish Towel ($16)

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Illustrations: Stephanie DeAngelis

Servings: 1

Ingredients

1 oz. Absolut Citron
5 oz. Wolffer Estate Rosé
2 basil leaves, ripped
1 lemon wedge
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1 1/2 oz. club soda

Directions

Muddle basil, lemon, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Next, fill the shaker with ice, and add the vodka and wine. Stir, and pour unstrained into stemless wineglass. Finish it off by topping the cocktail with club soda, and garnish with lemon wedge.

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CB2 Two Fold Brass and Marble Coasters ($70)

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Illustrations: Stephanie DeAngelis

Servings: 1

Ingredients

3 oz. rosé
1 1/2 oz. gin
3/4 oz. Lillet Blanc
3 oz. ruby-red grapefruit juice
1 rosemary sprig

Directions

Fill lowball glass 3/4 full of ice, and build the ingredients over the top. Stir, and serve with a grapefruit wedge and rosemary sprig.

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Pottery Barn Schott Zwiesel Taste Stemless White Wine Glass ( $63 ) ($50)

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Illustrations: Stephanie DeAngelis

Servings: Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients

1 bottle Dark Horse rosé
1 1/2 cups elderflower liqueur
1 pack raspberries
6 lemon wheels
6 grapefruit slices
1 bottle club soda

Directions

Combine the rosé, elderflower liqueur, raspberries, lemon wheels, and grapefruit slices into a pitcher, and refrigerate for one hour. Pour into wineglasses over ice, and top with club soda. Complete the cocktail with a grapefruit slice perched on the rim of the glass.

Created by Dark Horse mixologist Lauren Davis

CB2 Stainless Steel Gold Mini Cocktail Shaker ($12)

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Illustrations: Stephanie DeAngelis

Servings: 2

Ingredients

1/2 cup blueberries, plus extra to garnish
2 tbsp. maple syrup
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1/2 cup Pure Leaf Unsweetened Iced Tea
Ice
Sparkling rosé

Directions

In a cocktail shaker, muddle together blueberries, maple syrup, and fresh lime juice. Add the iced tea and ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into two champagne flutes, and top with sparkling rosé. Garnish with extra blueberries to add a burst of color.

Created by Gail Simmons

Jonathan Adler Master Cleanse Coaster Set ($78)

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Illustrations: Stephanie DeAngelis

Servings: 1

Ingredients

2 oz. vodka
1/4 oz. simple syrup
2 oz. Whispering Angel Rosé
2 oz. club soda

Directions

Combine cold rosé, simple syrup, vodka, and club soda in a chilled glass. Delicately swirl the glass to mix contents, and you’re done. Enjoy!

Created by Minibar

CB2 Gleam Stainless Steel Jigger ($8)

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Illustrations: Stephanie DeAngelis

Servings: 2

Ingredients

2 cherries, sliced and pitted
1/4 white peach
Juice of 1/4 lime
2 sugar cubes
2 oz. club soda
2 1/2 oz. vodka
1 1/2 oz. watermelon juice
5 oz. rosé

Directions

Add the sugar cubes, lime juice, and club soda to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until the cubes dissolve. Next, add the remaining fruit, vodka, rosé wine, and watermelon juice. Shake for 20 seconds to combine ingredients. Pour the unstrained cocktail into two stemless wineglasses and serve.

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Georg Jensen Wine Corkscrew ($56)

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This story was originally published on November 15, 2017, and has since been updated.