Strawberry Lemon Rose Sangria

As we move into the hot weather of summer we love transitioning from red wines to roses. One of our favorite pickups on the weekends is to sample a new type, as there are hundreds to choose from. We bought a bottle of Loves Me Not Rose and upon drinking it, realized that it was way too sweet for us. Instead of tossing the bottle we decided to use it to make a sangria! We balanced the sweetness of the wine by adding sliced lemons, limoncello, and a little club soda. The result was a really refreshing summer cocktail. We suggest that you pick a sweeter rose for this recipe- if you use a dry rose you might want to adjust the amount of lemon you add or even adding a bit of lemonade. This recipe can be made a day ahead of time (minus the club soda) and left in the refrigerator for all of the ingredients to meld together. If you are willing to wait that long we think it tastes even better!

Strawberry Lemon Rose Sangria

Makes: 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle rose (we used Loves Me Not)
  • 6 oz limoncello
  • 12 strawberries, stems removed and sliced
  • 1 lemon
  • 16 oz club soda

Directions:

  1. Use a large pitcher to combine the rose, limoncello, and sliced strawberries.
  2. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the zest from the lemon. Thinly slice the zest and add it to the pitcher. Depending on how sweet your rose is, you can slice the lemon and add that to the pitcher as well. The rose we used was quite sweet, so we added the whole lemon. If your rose is on the dry side, you can just use the zest and limoncello.
  3. Steps 1 and 2 can be done ahead of time, even overnight, and refrigerated.
  4. To serve, add the club soda to the rose mixture. Serve the cocktail over ice with a garnish of strawberry or lemon, if desired.

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