When we were challenged to use rosé wine in a cocktail we immediately started to search for a good recipe. It turns out there are actually lots of them and in the end we had a hard time picking only one. “The Rosé Bouquet” we chose for two reasons; it has grapefruit juice in it which we love, and we happened to have a bouquet of tulips at home making the prefect side garnish for this drink.
There's a certain dryness to rosé wine that makes it work pretty well as a cocktail ingredient. It's almost like a dry vermouth, but with some nice pink colour. In this recipe it is also mixed with gin, so the ABV is taken up a bit. But as there's also a large splash of grapefruit juice in the drink it's still an easy sipper.
What was left of that Enzo Bartoli rosé wine after the cocktails were done, accompanied our dinner. Rosé wine certainly equals spring to us!
As always, drink responsibly. Cheers!
The Rosé Bouquet
3 oz rosé wine
1,5 oz gin
0,75 oz Lillet blanc
3 oz grapefruit juice
Carefully stir all ingredients with fresh ice and strain into a rocks glass over a big ice cube. Garnish with a grapefruit zest.