7 Delicious Rosé Drinks To Level-up Your Cocktail Hour

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If you’re looking for a light and refreshing signature sip that’ll wow guests while entertaining and hit the spot when you're not, consider rosé as your new base. Yes, rosé may be a go-to wine for long summer nights, but we're happy to drink the beautiful pastel-hued beverage all year-round—especially when it's mixed with a few other ingredients.

Rosé is surprisingly versatile, says Dark Horse winemaker Beth Liston. “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 continues. If your cocktail expertise is limited to simply owning a bar cart and mixing vodka with soda, don’t fret. We’ve got seven stunningly simple recipes to boost your entertaining game.

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

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Rosé Spritzer

Rose Spritzer

Illustration: Stephanie DeAngelis

If you're in the mood for a little fizz, but don't want to go the Champagne route, whip this rosé spritzer instead. It's refreshing and light without being too weak. Though it may be a little busy to enjoy with dinner, it's perfect for cocktail hour.

Servings: 1 glass

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; then fill the glass with ice and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish the spritzer with a strawberry and a mint spring.

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Rosénade

rosenade

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If you like pulp in your orange juice, you'll love this rosénade because you'll get muddled basil and lemon in every sip. It's packed with refreshing flavors, too.

Servings: 1 glass

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 a stemless wineglass. Finish it off by topping the cocktail with club soda, and garnish with a lemon wedge.

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Rosé Bouquet

Rosé Bouquet

Illustration: Stephanie DeAngelis

This cocktail is sophistication in a glass. If you're a fan of herbal cocktails, you'll love the rosé bouquet, which has a light, but instantly recognizable taste of rosemary. Plus, the grapefruit juice acts as the perfect complement to the herbal flavor.

Serving: 1 glass

Ingredients:

3 oz. Dark Horse 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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Rosé Sangria

Rose Sangria

Illustration: Stephanie DeAngelis

Sangria is always a crowd-pleaser, and this rosé iteration is no exception. The edition of elderflower liqueur gives this already light drink a subtle floral taste that we'll never say no to.

Servings: 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 wine glasses over ice, and top with club soda.

We suggest making this pitcher ahead of time for two reasons: It takes a while to prepare and it tastes best once the fruit has been soaking in the mixture for a few hours.

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Blueberry Maple Fizz

Blueberry Maple Fizz

Illustration: Stephanie DeAngelis

This cocktail tastes as good as it looks. Let us just say, though: If you're not a fan of super-sweet drinks, you may want to skip this one because there fruit, maple syrup, and iced tea give it a very sweet flavor.

Servings: 2 glasses

Ingredients:

1/2 cup blueberries, plus extra to garnish
2 tbsp. maple syrup
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1/2 cup Pure Leaf 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.

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Whispering Demon

Whispering Demon

Illustration: Stephanie DeAngelis

If you're in a hurry, this is the drink to serve, as it only comprises four ingredients. Even though there's not much to it, it definitely packs a punch.

Servings: 1 glass

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!

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Summer Sangria

Summer Sangria

Illustration: Stephanie DeAngelis

We know we said that rosé should be enjoyed all year, but this summer sangria is best-served in, you guessed it, the summertime. The ingredients, cherries, peaches, and watermelon are all summer staples that make this cocktail truly delightful.

Servings: 2 glasses

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 wine glasses and serve.

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