Winter is Almost Over – So Let’s Make Rosé Cocktails

Winter is Almost Over – So Let’s Make Rosé Cocktails

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August 1, 2018

You think that there’s only one way to drink rosé? Well, that’s embarrassing. Now that the end of winter is in sight, let’s think about ways to serve the pink drink that’ll make you seem like a sophisticated and innovative person.

Rosé sangria

Sangria is a staple of Spanish summers, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t use it to reminisce about warm days past on a cold afternoon. Sangria usually calls for red wine, but a rosé version is just as tasty (and maybe more refreshing) than the original recipe.

The secret ingredient? Watermelon. Beautiful, sweet and juicy watermelon. (And of course, a top quality rosé like Champteloup Rose d'Anjou. Delicious.)

Serves 10


500g seedless watermelon, rind removed, cut into thin wedges
2 limes, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons caster sugar
160mL (2/3 cup) orange-flavoured liqueur
2 x 750mL bottles of rose, chilled
1 bottle lemonade, chilled


Place the watermelon and lime in a large serving jug. Sprinkle with the sugar and pour over the orange liqueur. Set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes to develop the flavours. Add the rosé and lemonade to the watermelon mixture and stir until combined. Pour among serving glasses and serve.

Cherry rosé

If you’re gonna go sweet, go SWEET. Maybe you’re hosting a pink party? Maybe you’re just trying to impress your friends and acquaintances! This cocktail is another twist on the traditional sangria with a hint of cold weather flavour (think cinnamon and cloves).

Try whipping up this cocktail with a chilled bottle of Kim Crawford Hawkes Bay Rosé.

Serves 6


100g pitted cherries
1/2 cup (125mL) orange juice
1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
2 whole cloves
1/4 cup (60mL) cherry brandy
750mL chilled rosé
2 cups (500mL) chilled lemonade


Stir the cherry, orange juice, sugar, cinnamon, star anise and cloves in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat for 10 mins or until sugar dissolves and cherry softens. Cool completely. Strain the cherry mixture through a fine sieve, pressing with the back of a spoon. Discard solids. Pour into a serving jug. Stir in the cherry brandy, then top with wine and lemonade. Place the ice in serving glasses. Pour over the sangria.


The absolute classic rosé cocktail! Did it even exist prior to three summers ago? It’s unclear. All we know is that Frosé is one of the most delicious ways to drink pink wine and a failsafe way to pretend that winter is over and the sun is coming back around. (Maybe wear a cardy while drinking it though – it’s not warm weather time yet!)

The best thing is, this cocktail has very few ingredients. For this one we’d recommend picking up a bottle of The People's Sessions Rosé.

Serves 8


1 cup caster sugar
250g strawberries, hulled, chopped
750mL bottle rosé
1/3 cup strawberry liqueur
1 cup chilled soda water
Extra halved strawberries, to serve


1. Combine sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to high. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, without stirring, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Set aside to cool completely.
2. Place strawberries in a blender. Blend until smooth, adding 1 tablespoon water to blender if needed. Strain mixture over a large jug. Stir in sugar syrup and wine. Pour mixture into a 2L (8-cup-capacity) metal container. Freeze overnight.
3. Remove container from freezer. Using a fork, flake mixture to form large ice crystals.
4. Combine liqueur and soda water in a jug. Divide mixture evenly among serving glasses. Top with frosé and extra strawberries. Serve immediately.