All I needed was one day above 70° to send me straight into summer recipe development mode. The moment I put shorts on to go for a walk, I started brainstorming all the things I wanted to grill, all the salads I wanted to toss together, and all the things I wanted to no-bake (because… hot).
But even more than any of those, I wanted to start coming up with new cocktail recipes. While I consider myself to have enough talent to make a decent pitcher of sangria at home, I’d never bet money on myself at a bar or event.
I’d look like Ted and Barney in that episode of How I Met Your Mother where they’re trying their hands at bartending and it just results in shattered liquor bottles and alcohol dripping off every surface.
No one wants to see good alcohol go to waste like that, and I would most definitely cost an establishment more money than I would make for it.
Raspberries have been at the forefront of my mind lately, and I think it’s because they’re so bright and vibrant, and it just screams warm weather to me.
I do my best to stay away from drab colors in the spring and summer (I’m looking at you, black hoodie and grey shirts), and the same goes for my food and drink.
If what I’m consuming is all bright and shiny, that means I will be, too – right? Right. Welcome to Leslie’s Flawless Logic.
I wanted to make a new recipe that was simple, but not boring.
I also wanted it to be easy to customize based on your personal preferences, because not everyone likes their sangria the same way. Some people want it to be as fruity as fruity can be, and others want it to be more dry. I enjoy it both ways, so this is easy to tweak as needed.
So I present to you my Raspberry Rosé Sangria!
What you need to make raspberry rosé sangria
For the base of the recipe, you may choose to use:
- A dry rosé or a fruitier rosé. If you prefer a less sweet sangria, then you may lean toward a drier rosé and omit the raspberry simple syrup.
- Club soda or lemon lime soda. You can opt to use the club soda just for the additional carbonation, or use lemon lime soda to add a bit of sweetness and additional flavor.
- Simple syrup, or omit it altogether. This sangria is plenty delicious without it, but if you opted to use a dry rosé and club soda, maybe you’d enjoy the extra flavor and sweetness the syrup would provide.
tl;dr: You won’t know what you like until you try it! It’s a good excuse to make a few different batches for a party, labeling each as the dry, sweet, and sweetest – then you and your guests can try them all and vote! It could make for a seriously fun (and tipsy) party game.
I asked the boyfriend to be my model and help me taste test – thankfully, he was 100% down for both and ended up finishing his glass of sangria long before I finished mine.
I think it’s safe to say he was a fan.
While sipping on your sangria, brightly colored attire is suggested.
Serving yours in cute mason jars with striped straws is totally optional, although highly recommended.
Now go make a pitcher of this delightfully cheery sangria, sit back, and relax.
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Raspberry Rosé Sangria
Raspberry Simple Syrup (optional):
- 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- 2 ounces water
- 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 cups fresh raspberries
- 1 lemon, thinly sliced
- 1 750 ml bottle rosé
- 8 ounces lemon-lime soda or club soda
Raspberry Simple Syrup (optional):
- In a small saucepan, combine raspberries, water and sugar over medium heat to bring it to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer until the sugar has dissolved and it has thickened to a thin syrup.
- Turn off heat and let cool for at least 5 minutes.
- Over a small bowl, push syrup through a mesh sieve to catch all the raspberries seeds, leaving you with only the smooth liquid.
- In a pitcher, combine simple syrup (optional), raspberries, lemon slices and rosé. Place in fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.
- Add club soda or lemon lime soda to pitcher just before serving and gently stir to combine.
- Fill each serving glass with ice cubes and fill with sangria. Enjoy!