A couple of years ago, my mom and I were looking up recipes for sangria. We got really into trying out different recipes to see what we liked best. After trying a couple of red wine sangria recipes, we decided to go for a rosé sangria. The recipe we found looked AMAZING, and it was nothing short of that. Since then, we have tweaked it a little bit and add our own variations based on our mood and audience.
I like to call this my "All Things Pink Sangria." We use all the pink fruit, which just so happen to be my favorite fruits, and the flavor is very fruity and delicious after they soak for a while. It's the perfect drink for long summer days!
We typically use any bottle of French Rosé that we have laying around for this sangria. You really want a dry rosé for this. Some of my favorite local Virginia rosé's that would be perfect are from Thatch Winery, King Family or Early Mountain. The original recipe called for three times as much bourbon, but I found that to really alter the flavor. Play around as you make it to see if you want to make it more boozy.
After pouring the rosé, chambord (raspberry liquor) and the bourbon in, add some honey to sweeten it up. Also add the juice of your choice. I suggest grapefruit or pomegranate. Orange juice is also just as tasty!
The berries are one of my favorite parts. You can use a melon scooper to get round balls of the watermelon in the drink. Otherwise, just cut it up in cubes. The raspberries are best to add fresh to the glasses when you are ready to serve.
And voila! Your drink is made, as easy as that. Cover it up and let the flavors mix together for at least two hours (if possible). Sometimes it can be hard waiting that long!
"All Things Pink Rosé Sangria" Recipe
1 bottle Rosé
1 cup of grapefruit juice or pomegranate juice
1/4 cup bourbon
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup chambord
2 cups watermelon balls
2 cups fresh sliced strawberries
1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
1. Pour the rosé, juice, bourbon, and chambord into a pitcher.
2. Add the honey and mix in.
3. Use a melon ball scooper to make watermelon balls and slice strawberries. Add to the pitcher.
4. Cover the sangria and place in the fridge for at least two hours to allow the flavors to mix.
5. After about two hours, take the sangria out and add the fresh raspberries. Time to enjoy!
*The original recipe we followed had more bourbon but it was a little too boozy for me. If you want more of a boozy taste, add more bourbon.
*I highly recommend dry Rosé's for this recipe
Enjoy! Let me know how you liked it!
Sarah, wine enthusiastic and globetrotter, currently exploring Virginia one winery at a time.