This delicious 3 ingredient Sparkling Strawberry Rosé Cocktail is easy to make and even easier to sip!
I love a good wine cocktail, and they’re completely underrated. But we all enjoy sangria, and what is sangria if not a wine cocktail?! Think of this Sparkling Strawberry Rosé Cocktail as rosé sangria by the glass!
Pairing a dry wine with a sweet liqueur and syrup keeps the cocktail balanced and not too sweet. The elderflower liqueur and honey both have floral flavors in them that blend nicely with the fresh berries and dry wine.
I love using a sparkling rosé in this drink, but any rosé is delicious. If you’re not into bubbles, select a traditional bottle of wine. You can also make this cocktail with a dry white wine, if you’re not into rosé or don’t have any on hand.
What You Need
- Sparkling dry rosé wine
- Elderflower liqueur (I like St. Germain)
How to Make a Rosé Cocktail
Start by making a strawberry honey simple syrup.
Combine the strawberries, honey, and water in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Bring the mixture to a bubble, reduce the heat to low, and allow the mixture to cook until the berries are soft. About 10 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Using a potato masher, crush the berries in the pot.
Allow mixture to sit and cool for 5-10 minutes.
Pour berry mixture through a fine mesh sieve placed over a bowl.
Discard the berry remnants in the strainer. (Or save them to put on pancakes and waffles!)
Cool the syrup completely. Store it in the refrigerator.
Craft Your Cocktail
Place 1 oz of the syrup in a wine glass.
Add 0.5 oz elderflower liqueur.
Pour in 5 oz sparkling rose wine.
Stir gently, sip, and enjoy!
Tips and FAQs on Sparkling Rosé Cocktail with Strawberry and Elderflower
Yes! Substitute 1 cup of frozen strawberries for 1 cup of fresh berries. Frozen berries will increase your cooking time by about 5 minutes, but that’s the only recipe change you’ll need to make.
Use regular rosé wine and top with 2 oz cold, sparkling water!
Be sure you choose a rosé wine when making this cocktail. Rosés are made with red wine grapes and are dry. White Zinfandel wines are also pink, but taste much different - and much sweeter - than rosé.
I love to place half of a strawberry on the side of the glass. Cut it vertically with the green top still on for the prettiest presentation. If you only have frozen berries, or your fresh berries aren’t looking very pretty, float slices of strawberries - frozen or fresh - in the cocktail instead!
Any brand of elderflower liqueur will work in this drink. I like St. Germain elderflower liqueur, especially since it’s really easy to find in my area. Elderflower liqueur can be very expensive, so if you’ve never had it before or are unsure if you like it, get a small 2 oz sampler bottle or the 375ml bottle at your local liquor store before investing in the full 750ml size.
If you can find elderflower soda, use that in place of the liqueur. Otherwise if you don’t have any on hand, just leave out the elderflower liqueur and increase the strawberry honey syrup in your drink by 0.5 oz, so you’re putting 1.5 oz total of syrup in your cocktail.
Happy Hour Snack Pairing
Enjoy your Sparkling Rosé Cocktail with some delicious avocado corn salsa.