Rose Sangria Recipe
Rose Sangria Recipe – the perfect summer drink, that combines dry rose wine with berry and citrusy flavors, orange liqueur and sparkling water.
Sangria happens to be one of my favorite summer drinks (after this Raspberry Mojito). I’ve shared with you a recipe for White Wine Sangria, Sparkling Melon Ball Sangria and Fruity Red Wine Sangria. All of these are pretty easy to make, flavorful and refreshing drinks, that you can make year round.
If you are a rose drinker, this recipe is worth trying.
What is sangria?
Sangria is a mixed alcoholic beverage, originating from Spain. It is made with wine, fruit juice and fresh fruit. There are regional variations of sangria, so ingredients may vary greatly. This Rose Sangria Recipe is not authentic, it is just the way I make it for my family and friends.
Serve with a selection of meats and cheeses, simple guacamole or with grilled chicken or seafood.
Rose Sangria Recipe
What kind of rose wine to use?
I’d suggest that you choose a good quality wine for sangria, but don’t goo too crazy. A bottle of Rose that costa between $10 and $20 is a great pick. Grenache and Syrah Rose wines are a great choice.
White Zinfandel will also work here.
Honestly, any rose you pick will work.
Can you use sparkling wine to make a sparkling rose sangria? Yes, you can.
I used oranges, strawberries and raspberries, since it is not quite summer here and fruit selection is limited.
Nectarines and peaches are a great choice. And of course orange – sliced oranges create a great citrusy flavor.
As with most sangria cocktail recipes, we need some orange liqueur here. Triple Sec or Gran Marnier are great options. Since I’m in Europe now, I tried adding Aperol to sangria and it tasted awesome. Brandy could be used instead of orange liqueur. Omitting the liqueur is also an option. I like adding it. because it adds extra sweetness, makes the drink stronger and more flavorful.
Used to make the drink extra light and bubbly. Any soda water (high end like Perrier or San Pellegrino) or just carbonated bottled water will work.
Ice – Serve sangria in cold glasses (either wine glasses or just tall glasses with wide opening). Why is it important that the glasses are tall and wide? Because fruit is a huge part of this drink and takes up a lot of space in the glass. We need them to be large enough to hold the liquid, ice and the fruit.
Mint – I always garnish my sangria, no matter if it is made with red, white or rose wine with springs of fresh mint. It adds freshness and a pop of color.
Can you make sangria in advance?
I don’t think it needs to be made in advance, but…
Yes, you can prep the fruit and soak it in wine, add the sweetener, fruit juice and liqueur, up to 12 hours in advance (keep in the fridge), but make sure you add the sparkling water right before serving.
What fruits pair well with Rose Wine?
Rose wine goes well with berries – raspberries and strawberries in particular.
Stone fruit such as peaches, nectarines, cherries will make this sangria extra delicious.
Tart rhubarb with the right amount of sugar and lychee could be also added for a more unique flavor combo.
What foods to serve sangria with?
Rose wine goes well with grilled chicken, lamb, salmon, kebabs, different salads and cheese boards.
Here are some recipes that will pair well with either rose or white wine sangria.
- 1 nectarine or peach — optional, sliced (alternatively use a sliced orange)
- 1 cup strawberries — sliced
- 1 cup raspberries — optional
- One 750 ml bottle of rose
- Juice from 1 orange
- 1 tbsp liquid sweetener — optional
- 75 ml orange liqueur — I used Aperol
- 1 cup 250 ml sparkling water
- Mint for garnishing
In a pitcher, combine the wine, fruit, liqueur, sweetener and orange juice. Stir to combine.
Add the sparkling water, when ready to serve. Serve over ice.
Garnish with mint.