On a warm day, inexpensive rosé on its own is refreshing, but add gin and fresh grapefruit juice and you’re set for the summer.
Yesterday was the 6th consecutive day that we’ve been in the 90s here in Charlotte. I always love a good rosé because they are so crisp and refreshing, but I decided to switch it up a little and create a rosé wine cocktail to make it that much better.
Normally you can always find a bottle of rosé chilling in my fridge – it’s something that’s great for company and during the summer is the perfect go-to wine. Most everyone loves it. My brother Rich, who is a second-level sommelier, has helped me pick out a few great ones and my favorite part about rosé is that a good bottle will generally not break the bank. You can get a decent wine for not a lot of money. And because the wine isn’t insanely expensive, it’s a perfect one to mix into a cocktail. Lots of citrus, a splash of gin and simple syrup, and add your favorite rosé and you’ve got a cocktail that can beat any summer heat wave.
- 1-2 lemon wedges
- 1-2 slices of grapefruit
- 6 oz rosé wine
- 1 1/2 oz gin
- 1/2 oz simple syrup to taste
- Muddle the lemon wedges and grapefruit in the bottom of a glass. Add in the ice, rosé, gin and stir well. Add in the simple syrup to your desired sweetness.
- Strain into a wine glass and add the muddled lemon and grapefruit.
Taylor is a self-taught cook currently living in Charlotte, NC. Having grown up around a family of great cooks, Taylor has always had a passion for food, wine, and cocktails. She is a Mexican and Southern food enthusiast and has never met an avocado she hasn’t liked. You can find her on her blog, Perpetually Hungry.