Rosé might just be the unofficial drink of summer—and we’d argue it shouldn’t be limited to that season. Sure, its Instagrammable hue and a “Rosé all day” marketing push can take partial credit for its popularity, but a crisp glass of pink wine is undeniably refreshing on a warm day.
Its appeal isn’t limited to a boat or your backyard: Bartenders have fallen for rosé, using the wine, whether sparkling or still, in cocktails. Plus, when it comes to topping drinks, a sparkling bottle of the stuff might be even more fun than ordinary brut Champagne.
One sip of these pretty pink drinks, and you’ll soon see the world through rosé-colored glasses.
Your outdoor parties will be even better with this crowd-pleaser, which combines its namesake wine with pamplemousse liqueur, raspberries, strawberries, lemons, and club soda. These fruits merely represent a jumping-off point, however: Experimentation with other seasonal fruits is encouraged, too.
Very Sexy Martini
It might be a Martini in name only, but this cocktail is undoubtedly sexy, thanks to a mix of muddled raspberries and mint leaves, simple syrup, citrus vodka, lime juice, and rosé Champagne. It calls for the Moët & Chandon brand, but any dry sparkling rosé will do.
This Instagram-friendly drink has become a happy-hour favorite over the years, and it’s just as easy to make at home as it is to slurp down at a bar. Simply freeze a bottle of rosé wine in a baking pan for up to six hours, then give it a whirl in the blender along with simple syrup, lemon juice, and Aperol.
Topped with, yes, sparkling rosé, this vividly hued cocktail gets an extra pop of pink from fresh watermelon juice. Tequila, lemon juice, and simple syrup also join the shaker to produce a fruity and refreshing summer sipper.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
For this twist on a Champagne Cocktail, bar pro Katie Stipe muddles bitters with lemon juice and simple syrup, then tops the mix with Crémant d’Alsace sparkling wine, a less-expensive alternative to Champagne. The pink drink is certainly pretty on its own, but a rose-petal garnish doesn’t hurt.
Strawberries, elderflower syrup, lemon juice, rhubarb bitters, and sparkling rosé wine render this fruity, floral cocktail delicious any time of year. The recipe calls for spumante rosé; if swapping in a different type of sparkling wine, make sure it’s fruit-forward and on the sweeter side so as to complement the drink’s other components.
This Pisco Sour riff combines pisco, the Italian liqueur Strega, a yuzu-laced mandarin cordial, lime juice, Peychaud’s bitters, and an egg white, all topped with sparkling rosé. It’s certainly more complex than your average Pisco Sour, but still easy-drinking enough to enjoy on a patio.
Triple Berry Chamomile Frosé
As if Frosé wasn’t summery enough, this herbaceous riff adds seasonal fruit. A simple shrub made from fresh blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries combines with a pre-made frosé mix, rosé wine, vodka, and chamomile tea to produce a drink that’s arguably even more delicious than the original.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
Sparkling Rosé Margarita
Two summer favorites join forces for this fruity big-batch cocktail, which combines a strawberry-basil-infused blanco tequila, lime juice, agave syrup, and a bottle of sparkling rosé. A homemade rose-salt rim on each glass is optional.
The South American grape-based brandy pisco plays with muddled grapes, lemon juice, and simple syrup in this cocktail from bar pro Meaghan Dorman. Topped with a pretty rosé Champagne, it’s a luxurious upgrade on a Pisco Sour, with the sparkling wine providing bubbles in place of egg white’s froth.
This drink will transport you to the South of France with its refreshing combination of vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, basil, blackberries, and crisp rosé wine. It’s fruity, herbaceous, and eminently sippable.
This fruity and floral sparkler from Julie Reiner of Brooklyn’s Clover Club combines reposado tequila, Cointreau, St-Germain liqueur, blood orange and lime juices, orange bitters, and rosé Champagne—perfect for a particularly festive brunch.