5 Rosé Cocktails for a Sweet Summer

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It’s summertime, and after a long year of drinking cheap beer and subpar mixed drinks, it’s time to indulge in some yummy and totally cute summer cocktails. How can a cocktail be cute? If it’s pink of course, which is why we’ve made a list of some elegant AF rosé cocktails for you and your girls to sip on this summer.

1. Rosé lemonade


Recipe from The Kitchn

If you’re not at all a bartender, this drink is perfect for you. It only has three ingredients and is perfect to share with friends poolside.

Ingredients (serves 8):

  • 1 can club soda
  • 3 cups lemonade
  • 1 bottle rosé, dry
  • 1 lemon (optional)

Directions:

Mix together the three liquids in a pitcher over ice. If you’re feeling particularly boujee, cut up some lemon slices and throw them on in, too.

2. Rosy rosé-ito


Recipe from The Kitchy Kitchen ​

Fan of a classic mojito? You’ll love this pink twist. Refreshing mint is perfect for the summer heat and rosé adds a daintier touch.

Ingredients (serves 1):

  • 4 oz rosé
  • 3 sprigs mint
  • 1 tablespoon rose syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

Directions:

Muddle (as in mash up) the mint and rose syrup at the bottom of the glass. If you don’t want the rose taste (or just don’t want to go out and find rose syrup), simple syrup works. Add ice and mix in the rosé and lime juice. Make it pretty with some sprigs of mint on top.

3. Rosé spritzer

Recipe from Design Love Fest

A fizzy, flirty drink is just what summer calls for and we have you covered with this simple and refreshing concoction.

Ingredients (serves 6):

  • 1 bottle rosé, chilled
  • 2-3 cans La Croix sparkling grapefruit water
  • 2 grapefruits
  • Fresh fruit for garnish

Directions:

For each glass, add ice to about 4 ounces of rosé, about 3 ounces of the La Croix, 2 tablespoons fresh grapefruit juice and mix. Then, throw in some fruit, like raspberries or strawberries, for garnish. Voilà! A pretty pink cocktail.

4. Strawberry rosé sangria


Recipe from Jennifer Meyering

For fruity, flirty perfection, look no further than a spin on a basic girl’s favorite drink: sangria. With a whole pitcher of this Instagram-worthy drink, there’s enough for everyone.

Ingredients (serves about 8):

  • 1 bottle rosé
  • 1 cup strawberry vodka
  • 2 1/2 cups lemon-lime soda
  • 1/4 cup sugar (or sugar substitute)
  • 10+ fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

Directions:

In large pitcher, combine wine, vodka and half of the strawberries. If you like drinks on the sweeter side add the sugar here too. Refrigerate for 2-6 hours. When you’re ready to serve, add the lemon-lime soda and remaining strawberries and pour into glasses over ice.

5. Watermelon frosé


Recipe from How Sweet It Is

I think we can all appreciate the clever name of this drink as much as we can appreciate an ice cold, frozen drink in the summer. This one’s a bit more complicated, but definitely worth it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of rosé
  • 1 cup watermelon juice (comes from about 4 cups of cut-up watermelon)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Juice from 1/2 lime

Directions:

Freeze the rosé in ice cube trays overnight. Make a watermelon syrup by mixing 1/2 a cup of watermelon juice with the sugar. Blend the frozen rosé cubes, watermelon syrup, remaining 1/2 cup watermelon juice and lime juice in a blender until it’s a like a slushy. Add additional ice or watermelon juice if necessary to get the right consistency. Scoop it into glasses and garnish with watermelon slices.

Make any of these pretty in pink drinks to up your cocktail and Instagram game this summer. Enjoy responsibly, ladies! 

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Abby is a senior studying English, French and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame but remains obsessed with her hometown St. Louis. She loves running, water skiing, writing, watching Christmas movies all year long and The O.C.'s Seth Cohen.