Today David shares a very important warm weather treat– his famous rose sangria recipe! Perfect for lazy afternoons and long lunches, this rose wine cocktail is a must-try.
Summer is around the corner, and with it comes the season of barbecues and pool-side relaxation. Personally, I know of no better way to enjoy the sunny weather than with a glass of cool sangria in hand (and I’m pretty sure you’ll agree with me!). Read on for my perfect recipe for a rosé sangria, and the reason why you won’t find it in most Spanish bars!
Sangria is one of Spain’s most culturally curious drinks. Visitors to the country love to drink it, but most locals would never order it at a bar! But why?
Well, while sangria is definitely Spanish at heart, the modern cocktail versions almost definitely come from the U.S. That’s not to say that you can’t find a good sangria in Spain, just that you’re more likely to find a bad one! Most bars will serve something called sangria, but it’s usually not for locals.
That being said, a good sangria is delicious! And it’s also the perfect cold cocktail to enjoy in the summer sun. Many Spaniards will whip up some sort of wine punch for their family barbecues, using all kinds of wine. My favorite is made with rosé wine, giving the cocktail a delightfully fruity flavor and a beautiful ruby color!
For the best results, always use a wine that you would be happy to drink by itself. I also love the sourness you get from adding a bit of gin, but feel free to use vodka for a more muted taste.
How to Make Rosé Sangria Recipe
- 750ml (1 bottle) of dry Spanish rose wine
- 1 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice
- 1 cup of fresh strawberries, sliced
- ¾ cup of gin (sub vodka if you prefer)
- 1 cup of raspberries
- 1 cup sparkling water
- A handful of fresh mint leaves
- Simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water brought to a simmer on the stove and then cooled) - optional
- In a large pitcher, combine the wine, gin, orange juice, and strawberries.
- Cover, and put in the fridge for at least two hours to chill.
- After two hours, remove from the fridge and taste for sweetness. If you like it sweeter, add in more orange juice, simple syrup, or honey (if using honey, make sure to stir to combine it into the drink).
- When ready to serve, top up the pitcher with the sparkling water and garnish with the raspberries and mint leaves.
What’s your favorite version of sangria? Let me know in the comments below! And if you try my rose sangria recipe this summer, enjoy!
And if you’re looking to experiment with your sangria making skills, why not check out these other versions:
- Traditional Spanish Sangria Recipe
- Cava Sangria Recipe
- Warm Spiced Sangria Recipe
- 4th of July Sangria Recipe