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4 Rosé Cocktails to Fuel Your Summer

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Rosé is not merely wine. It is Rosé, with a capital “R.” It is a god amongst beverages when beach season hits. It is an identity. There’s just something about rosé that gets your pulse racing. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s come to represent summer. Maybe it’s the bright pink hue. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s the flavor. While not all rosés are masterpieces, most are at least refreshing with tangy bursts of bright berry and floral notes. But there’s also something more—something intangible. Over the past few years, rosé has gone from a great, go-with-everything wine to a summertime deity.
 
“If I wanted to do a whole menu of rosé, people would eat it up,” says Justin Law, owner of Horsefeather in San Francisco. Though Law, like most of us, is a bit baffled by the mania rosé has inspired, he appreciates what concepts like brosé and Frosé and #RoséAllDay have done for wine in general. “I think it’s a good thing,” he says. “It’s opened rosé up to a lot of people who wouldn’t have touched pink wine before. If it gets people to appreciate wine, I think it’s cool.”
 
Law, like other bartenders across the country, is taking advantage of rosé fever by introducing rosé-based cocktails to his menu. While he reduces the celebrated pink wine into a syrup for his Cool Breeze (which also includes vodka, crème de noyaux, lime juice and soda water), others are using it straight out of the bottle, mixing it into low-ABV spritzes or crowd-friendly punches. Here, four great new ways to enjoy your #RoséAllDay in a cocktail.

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Designed specifically to be sipped on the patio at Aureole in New York City, this froth-topped cocktail is the apex of refreshment. Made with a base of rosé, fresh grapefruit juice, strawberry and a topping of cooling cucumber foam, it’s a low-ABV cocktail designed for day drinking bliss. “Nothing says ‘great day’ better than rosé,” says Rob Keller, Aureole’s assistant general manager. “It makes up the volume of the cocktail, so it’s not overly boozy. You can have four of these while you’re relaxing on your porch.” 

The Essentials

rosé
Strawberry purée
Fresh Grapefruit Juice
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Here’s the ultimate cocktail for rosé lovers: Not only does it include the pink wine, but it also emulates it with its light sweetness and floral notes. Horsefeather owner Justin Law starts with a rosé syrup, made by reducing the wine down with honey and herbes de Provence. He then mixes the syrup with lime juice, crème de noyaux (almond liqueur), vodka and soda water. “You get some acidity—sweetened—some dryness, and then strawberry comes out,” Law says. “For being a vodka drink, it has a lot of complexity.” Because he uses the wine to create a sweet, concentrated syrup, Law recommends opting for a full-bodied rosé—think juicy, California-style rosé de Pinot Noir rather than bone-dry rosés from Provence.

The Essentials

Rosé Syrup
Vodka
Crème de Noyaux
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Like Babe Ruth calling a home run, Naren Young of NYC’s Dante is calling the fate of this cocktail by naming it The Summer 2017. The sparkling cocktail is certainly summery, checking off all the warm-weather drink requirements. Watermelon? Check. Strawberries? Check. Rosé? Double check—both sparkling rosé and Lillet Rosé make an appearance. It’s a pink drink done right.
 
While the salted strawberry rhubarb-cordial does take some effort, it’s worth it. Try the leftover cordial mixed simply with soda water or give it as a gift.

The Essentials

watermelon juice
vodka
Sparkling rosé
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This is not a punch. “It’s a giant cocktail, basically,” says Raul Abrantes of The Stinger at the InterContinental hotel in NYC. Made with sparkling rosé, vodka, peach liqueur, lemon juice and honey, it’s a party-sized refreshment that everyone will love. At The Stinger, Abrantes makes the cocktail with the hotel’s own honey, sourced from rooftop beehives, so be sure to use the best you can find if you don’t happen to have access to your own apiary.

The Essentials

Vodka
Crème de Pèche
Sparkling Rosé

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