Is it spring or what? My garden is planted, I’m getting berries from the farmers market, but then it freakin snows and makes me rethink if I want to make a light and airy smoothie bowl or if I need to put a batch of chili in the Crockpot. Ugh, what is life? But I guess in the time of quarantine, a blizzard in May is the least unusual thing going on.
We could all use some distractions right about now, huh? How about a lovely rosé sangria to wet your whistle? This is one of my favorite drinks because I’m a wine lover, so any time I get to enhance my wine, is a net positive for me. This easy breezy sangria uses rosé wine for a little bit of a floral touch, along with freshly squeezed lemon and orange juice, making it a perfect brunch cocktail. Akin to a fruity mimosa, this cocktail would be a breakfast in bed treat or the perfect touch for a spring time garden party – whenever we’re allowed to see other humans again.
To start, I slice my oranges and lemons in half and then juice using a little ceramic juicer my grandma had back in the 60’s. A good rule of thumb is that each piece of fruit yields about an ounce of juice, so you may need a few oranges to make this. You can also opt for juice from the bottle if that’s easier.
Pour your juices, wine, and gin, into a shaker, and get started on simple syrup. If you have store bought, that works just as well. Pour in an ounce and shake away. If you’d like to make a simple syrup, boil equal parts sugar and water for about 5 minutes or until liquid and evenly distributed and becomes a light, clear, amber color. It’s important to stop before it starts to caramelize, otherwise it might burn or turn into a solid. I usually use 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water and have extra leftover to store in my refrigerator (or double/triple the recipe to make a pitcher of drinks for your gal pals).
Add the simple syrup and club soda to the shaker and shake your heart out, sister. Pour over ice and add fresh fruit; I like strawberries, raspberries, rose petals, and orange segments.
Swap selzer or tonic for club soda if you prefer.
Swap grapefruit juice or blood orange juice or the oranges and lemon juice.
Pour all ingredients except for the club soda into a large pitcher with a cup of fruit and let soak overnight. Add the club soda when you’re prepared to serve it, for an added infusion of fruit flavors.