Rosé Hibiscus Spritzer

‘Tis the season to enjoy rosé! And for that, we are all very thankful.  Let’s get one thing out of the way before we get to the good stuff: There’s no shame in drinking pink wine. End of story.

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Let’s just go ahead and declared rosé as the unofficial beverage of the summer. Rosé tends to be an affordable (yay!) and food-friendly, but the delicious pink wine is ideal for mixing cocktails and low-alcohol spritzers. Now, many people think wine spritzers are synonymous with wine coolers (which I find kind of charming for some reason), but they don’t have to be.

To dispel those myths, we put together a little Apothic Rose Hibiscus Spritzer to wet your whistle. We accompanied the low-alcohol spritzer with a super simple spread I normally put together for friends. My get-togethers most often happen last minute, especially in the summer months. We’ve learned to just wing it and rely on the basics: cocktails, meats, cheeses, and breads. Yum. For you ambitious readers looking for a challenge, take the extra time you’d normal spend making an elaborate meal to kick back and enjoy some rosé. We’ll get to those recipes this fall, and in the meantime, you’re welcome.

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Apothic Rose Hibiscus Spritzer (via)

Apothic Rose Hibiscus Spritzer
2 cups lemon juice
2 cups water
2 cups ice
1 tbs Hibiscus Simple Syrup
To taste Apothic Rose

Hibiscus Simple Syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tbs Organic Hibiscus powder

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What to serve alongside Apothic Rose Hibiscus Spritzer:

  • Cold meats (especially cold cuts) tend to have saltiness and spice, which enhances the flavor of rosé wines.
  • We had a Morbier from France on hand, which held up just find with the spritzer. If you’re going to enjoy a rosé on it’s own, try a tangy and earthy Zamorano or Majorero sheep’s cheese. You could also try one of the beautiful Cabrales blue cheeses.
  • Crusty Breads. I prefer the sourdough variety.

If you want to pair this spritzer with an herb-crusted roast chicken and a light salad, no one would be mad.

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Photos: Melissa Oholendt, Styling: Judith Kostroski from Style Architects for Wit & Delight.

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