Happy Saturday! Oh boy, do I have a great “recipe” for you today! Get your weekend started right with this delicious rosé sangria! Yassss!
Ok, so I know rosé isn’t typical in a sangria, but its a surprising twist on a classic. The trick to making this a perfectly refreshing drink for the summer is to use a dry rose. I know sangria’s are normally a sweeter cocktail, but I don’t like a lot of added sugar in my drinks, so this one is sans sugar (except what’s in the ingredients of course).
I also found this delicious rosé vinho Verde. This slightly effervescent wine is a great pair with this sangria and it does lend a bit of sweetness to the drink. If you can’t find a rosé vinho verde (Orlana makes a good one), never fear, just use a regular vinho verde and the cocktail will be just as good — maybe a little less pink, but that’s ok!
I also used this Gerolsteiner sparkling apple mineral water to give the sangria even more fizz and enhance the apple flavor from the granny smith apple I used. You see, we’re just building flavors here!
Now, all the fruits that I used can always be substituted for whatever you happen to have on hand or enjoy using in your sangrias. I used a granny smith apple, limes, blackberries, Muscat pink grapes (freeze them and use as ice cubes so you don’t water down your drink!) and mint but you could always change it up and use peaches, nectarines, strawberries, cherries — you name it, you can put it in sangria! and I mean, if you want to make this drink a true “pink” drink, just use all pink fruits. 🙂
Regardless of the type of fruit that you use, it’s important to use good quality fresh fruit because the fruit is what absorbs the majority of the alcohol In sangria, so you will definitely want to eat it! So best fruit = great sangria.
So that’s about it! bottom line, use a dry rosé that you enjoy drinking, some vheno verde and sparkling water (flavored or not) and all the fruits that you enjoy and voila! You have your own custom sangria. 🙂 I’ve included what I used in the recipe below, but the beautiful thing about creating something new is that you can make it your own.
So go forth an enjoy your weekend, with a side of rosé.
- 1 750ml Bottle Rose, dry
- 1/2 750ml Bottle Vheno Verde, Rose
- 2 Cups Gerolsteiner Sparkling Apple
- 2 Limes
- 1 Granny Smith Apple
- 2 Cups Muscat Grapes, Frozen
- 1/2 Cup Blackberries
- 6-8 Mint Leaves
- Slice the apple and limes and place in a large pitcher. Add the mint and blackberries then pour the entire bottle of the dry Rose over the fruit. Cover with plastic wrap and place in your refrigerator for up to 4 hours.
- Meanwhile, place grapes in a shallow pan and in the freezer for a few hours.
- When your ready to serve, add half of the bottle of the vheno verde and the sparkling apple juice. Stir to combine. Serve over frozen grapes.
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