As spring rooftop parties and alfresco dinners finally enter your social schedule, it’s time to add some new cocktail recipes to your hosting repertoire. If you’re looking for a signature drink that’ll wow guests, experts say one wine variety should be top of mind: rosé. A Drync study found that the blush-colored drop is expected to grow in popularity by a massive 196% this summer—yes, your Instagram feed will soon be awash with pretty, pastel libations.
Far from just a cocktail party favorite, says Dark Horse winemaker Beth Liston, rosé wine is surprisingly versatile. “Don’t let that delicate pink hue fool you. Rosé is a great choice for summer brunch, and it’s equally good with smoky backyard barbecue or fried chicken,” she says.
If your cocktail expertise is limited to 1) owning a bar cart and 2) mixing vodka with soda, don’t fret—we’ve got seven stunningly simple recipes to boost your entertaining game, care of a few of our favorite mixologists. Pop a bottle and prepare the glassware. These rosé cocktails taste as good as they look.
Illustrations: Stephanie DeAngelis
3 oz. Dark Horse Rosé
1/2 oz. simple syrup
2 halved strawberries
1 lemon wheel
1 bottle club soda
Strawberry and mint sprigs, to garnish
Gently muddle the strawberries and lemon wheel in a stemless wineglass so the juices and flavor are released. Add the simple syrup and rosé wine; then fill the glass with ice and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish the spritzer with a strawberry and mint spring.
Created by Dark Horse mixologist Lauren Davis