Yesterday we were reading about the French Rosé called Rock Angel from the Château d'Esclans winery. It is supposed to taste gorgeous, pair perfectly with a wide assortment of cheeses, and be the pink wine of the summer. It retails for $35.00 a bottle at high-end wine and spirits stores. So here's the question. Is it a sin to make wines like this into a cocktail? We do it all the time but there are many in the industry who wouldn't dare. What's your take?
Everything's Coming Up Roses 4 ounces Rivarose Brut rosé 1.5 ounces Gran Gala 1.5 ounces fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice ¼ ounce lemon juice 1 teaspoon rose syrup Splash of sparkling water Grapefruit slice garnish
Directions Fill a martini shaker with ice and add the Gran Gala, fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and rose syrup. Shake well to mix and chill, then strain into a wine glass. Add the Cote des Roses rosé, top with sparkling water (if desired), and serve.
Rosé Olé Cocktail 4 ounces Domaine Lafage Miraflors rosé 1 ounce Patrón silver tequila ½ ounce Naranja 1 teaspoon agave Orange slice garnish
Directions Fill a martini shaker with ice and add the Bracero silver tequila, Cointreau, and agave. Shake well to mix and chill, then strain into a wine glass. Add the Whispering Angel rosé and serve.
French Riviera Sangria 1 bottle Miraval Cotes de Provance rosé 2 cups white cranberry juice 1 small package raspberries 1 small package blackberries 1 nectarine 1 peach *1/2 cup sugar *optional
Directions Wash the fruit and slice the nectarine and peach into thin wedges. Combine all the fruit in a pitcher, followed by the Château de Campuget rosé and white cranberry juice. Serve immediately or chill overnight. Add sugar to sweeten if necessary.