Rosé Sangria – the Perfect Summer Sipper
As I write this to you dockside from Northern Minnesota (a highly recommended spot for consuming the below beverage), I have come across something we must discuss. Though it will be a brief discussion, it is dire. I am shook.
Why are kids “tubing” on floating chariots in the year of 2017? They are gliding along on living room furniture nicer than what I had in my college dorm room. When I was a kid you were belly down on a disc-shaped raft, trying not to chip a tooth anytime you went over a wave, constantly fearing for your life and fighting your tube partner for extra handle space.
Okay back to imbibing.
Summer is here and you and I are going to enjoy the f*ck out of it. June through September is about basking in life’s simple pleasures. It’s about doing what makes you happy and letting your basic bitch flag fly sky high if that’s what pleases you and it’s about being a little extra when it feels right. This rosé sangria is a well-balanced mix of all the above. And sure, you could concoct this regardless of season or temperature, but it just tastes better in the summer because, well folks, that’s science.
Besides some subtly labor-intensive fruit cutting, this shouldn’t take you more than ten minutes – and feel free to remix the heck out of the produce I call for; use any seasonally-appropriate fruit you want. I think this would also be great with plums or watermelon.
Enjoy my beautiful summer babies.
1 (750ml) bottle crisp dry rosé
a glug and a half of Grand Marnier (like 1/4 cup)
a glug of brandy (like 1/8 cup)
3 T honey or agave nectar (honey doesn’t always stir up super well in cold drinks)
1 cup raspberries
1 cup sliced strawberries
½ cup sliced nectarines
2 limes thinly sliced
squeeze of a half a lemon (optional)
In a large pitcher, combine rosé, Grand Marnier, brandy, honey or agave, and lemon juice. Add the raspberries, strawberries, nectarines, and limes. Gently stir to combine. Chill for at least two hours or up to eight.
Album you should listen to while you prep (I’m taking a page out of Fred Smith’s book)
Images by 2nd Truth Photography
Liz Welle is a professional feelings feeler but gets paid to do social and digital stuff for brands in Minneapolis while occasionally food styling on the side. She lives in Uptown with her boyfriend and their thirteen plants. She is doing her best.