This small batch rose sangria is the perfect cocktail to make for anyone in the spring weather. Refreshing rose wine paired with grapefruit liqueur, some club soda, and fresh fruit, it doesn't get much better than this. In particular, this version is made in a small batch, so no wine goes wasted.
I like to make this sangria for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Memorial Day, or really, any weekend where I can celebrate good times with good friends and family.
What are the ingredients for this cocktail?
The beauty of making cocktails is that they don't need to be overly complicated. This sangria calls for:
- Rose wine - Rose wine on the dry side is what I like to use in my cocktails. I don't prefer a sweet drink, so this works for me.
- Grapefruit Liqueur - Adding a little liqueur brings out more flavor.
- Lemon Lime Soda - I LOVE using Fresca in my sangrias. It's an old school grapefruit and citrus soda and it's delicious.
- Fresh oranges - A few halves squeezed into the bottom, and the option to muddle them.
- Gin - I prefer an herbal-forward gin like Hendrick's or even Farmer's Gin
- Ice - of course, we add ice to keep it nice and refreshing.
See the recipe card below for more information about quantities.
Which type of rose should I use?
I would say stick to a semi-dry rose, as you want a bit of the sweetness for the sangria itself, but we're also going to give it more flavor with the added liquor and the fresh orange. Here's a few brands I'd recommend:
- Summer in a Bottle by Wolffer Estate
- The Beach by Whispering Angel
- Yes Way Rose
How do I make this sangria?
Let's get down to business and make this deliciously refreshing drink.
Step 1: In a small pitcher, add the gin, grapefruit liquor, fresh squeezed orange juice, and rose wine.
Step 1: Top with ice and Fresca. Using a cocktail spoon, stir the sangria around to incorporate all the ingredients together.
Step 3: Pour into a rocks glass over ice, and garnish with a slice of orange and a sprig of rosemary.
Hint: Wet the rim of the rocks glasses with lime, then dip into some granulated sugar for a fun, extra sweet flavor!
Recipe Swaps and Substitutions
Making sangria requires pretty basic ingredients, but if you want to switch up some ingredients, here's what I would suggest:
- Wine - instead of rose wine, you can use a semi-sweet white like a Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio.
- Soda - use club soda or seltzer if you don't want to citrus soda.
- Grapefruit Liqueur - you can always add cointreau or grand marnier if you don't have a grapefruit liqueur at your local store, or in your bar area!
This recipe can be adapted in a variety of ways, so let's take a look at how we can make it your own!
- Frozen - add the ingredients to a blender and make it a frosé!
- Large Batch - double the recipe and add to a large pitcher if you're planning to make this for a party.
- Mocktail - you can buy alcoholic-free rose, and don't add any liquor. Instead, use fresh grapefruit juice, Fresca, and add ice!
The beauty of making cocktails is that it doesn't ever require crazy or intricate kitchen tools. If you're into making drinks, you absolutely need:
- Cocktail spoon
- Cocktail shaker
- Jigger - we measure our alcohol so that the drink is balanced.
Can I store this recipe? Can I prep ahead of time?
If you want to prepare this drink ahead of time, you can do so in a large pitcher but add in the ice once you're ready to serve it.
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