As the de facto drink of summer, rosé has been etched into the season’s carefree menu of choice in the same way barbecue and ice cream have. It’s sweet and light; it pairs well with a variety of foods; and it comes in a color that’s tough to resist. If that weren’t enough, rosé also happens to make for a versatile cocktail ingredient.
This summer, plan to drink more than wine straight from the bottle and serve up these seven rosé cocktails at your next outdoor picnic, garden party, or even on a slow weeknight at home (we won’t judge). Thanks to the accompanying flavors of berries and other alcohol (plus the diversity of mixed and frozen options), we’re sure you’ll find an excuse to sip on these all season long. If you ask us, that’s exactly what you’re supposed to do.
Classic Rosé Sangria
One drink that’s worth the wait is this rosé sangria from Natalie Mortimer at The Modern Proper. Dry rosé, triple sec, club soda, gin, and sugar are mixed with the juices of a lime, a lemon, and a grapefruit. The pitcher has to be refrigerated for at least four hours, and when it’s ready to be served, simply pour it out in sugar-rimmed glasses.
Frozen Watermelon Rosé Sangria Slushies
Prepare to feel (almost) like a kid again when you serve these slushies from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest—well, all except for the rosé and tequila. This recipe mixes this boozy cocktail with the kid-approved flavors of watermelon and honey, and then blends it all together with frozen raspberries and lime juice. The frozen mixture is topped with fruit for a colorful presentation.
Watermelon Rosé Margarita
Are you planning on hosting a soiree sometime before fall? Then be sure to bookmark this recipe from Natalie Merchant at How Sweet Eats, since watermelon rosé margaritas sound like the perfect thing to serve to thirsty guests when the mercury is high. Merchant rims glasses with coarse salt and then mixes ice, tequila, fresh watermelon juice, and fresh lime juice together. She fills the vessels and top thems with rosé, lime wedges, and melon balls.
Frosé Aperol Spritz
Fans of Aperol Spritzes will likely approve of this recipe from Aida Mollenkamp at Salt and Wind, which mixes the namesake ingredient with dry rosé, strawberries, oranges, limes, and sugar. The base of the Aperol mixture has to be refrigerated for 12 hours before it’s combined with the other flavors, so be sure to plan ahead.
Smashed Berry Rosé Spritz
Blackberries and raspberries complement the flavors of rosé and St-Germain in this cocktail recipe from Half Baked Harvest. Those flavors are mixed with tequila, lemon juice, peach slices, and basil for a drink that tastes like the best of summer’s ripest fruits.
Lemon Strawberry Frosé
For one more frosé to try, this option from Sugar Salted sounds like an ideal warm-weather treat. Frozen strawberries, lemon sorbet, ice, rosé, and mint are combined in a blender until smooth, and then frozen. After a few hours, everything is blended again with even more rosé. To finish off, garnish wide glasses with mint, and toast with friends.
Sparkling Rosé Pimm’s Cups
Pimm’s Cups are a British staple in the summer months, and this recipe from Merchant at How Sweet Eats makes them even more refreshing with the addition of rosé. She mixes mint, cucumber, lime, lemon, and strawberries with Pimm’s and rosé, and then garnishes with more fruit. In other words, it’s the perfect thing to drink on a warm afternoon.