I’m feeling it guys.
It’s finally here. Yesterday it even poured for the entire ride home from Max’s swim lesson and it felt like that springy-summer rain, where it rains so hard and so fast and the humidity is thick and it smells like rainy flowers outside?! Yeah, that.
It happened and I loved it and wanted to dance in it like a child.
To celebrate, I made us a cocktail!
Errr, not really. But let’s pretend.
The truth is that I wanted to share something with you today that could possibly go with your tacos tonight (!!!) AND make a great cocktail for mother’s day festivities this weekend. Something that fit the bill for the next four days, fit the season and made us all incredibly giddy.
At least, something to make me incredibly giddy. This is it!!
I’m super psyched for rosé season. I don’t care how basic it is, and good thing that doesn’t even matter because everything I love is basic. The closest liquor store has barely carried ANY rosé over the last two years. I mean, I asked them for a bottle last summer and they pointed me towards the white zinfandel. Um, hi, but no.
Later on in the year, they started carrying some version but it was probably only $8, not that it really means anything but, you know. It was still a bit sweet. And I only went there on the fly, when I was out of time, entertaining, or in desperate need of a bottle for a party.
Sooooo – imagine my surprise when they had a sliiiightly nicer rosé on the shelf last week. High fives all around. I grabbed a few bottles and we loved it so much.
Then I found myself with a leftover half-a-bottle (how? why? who? why? again why?) and knew exactly what was going to go down.
Fruit + wine is my love language. Multiplied by chocolate. Divided by pizza. Peanut butter covered spoons dipped in chocolate chips are the square root of my heart.
See!! I can totally do math. Go tell Eddie.
Obviously, you can make this your own and I’d love you to do so. It’s why I enjoy sharing recipes so much. Add whatever fruit you have on hand, switch up the seltzer flavor, add some fresh mint. I wrote it below exactly as I made it, but a few tweaks on your favorites will only make you love it more. Like peaches?! Cannot even wait for them to arrive.
Make it yours… and then drink it down.
- 1 (750mL) bottle dry rosé
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1/2 cup grand marnier
- 2 cups club soda, whatever flavor you’d like
- 2 cara cara oranges, sliced
- 2 limes, sliced
- 1 cup of melon balls, cantaloupe and watermelon
- 1 pint of strawberries, sliced
- 2 tablespoons orange sugar, for rimming the glass
- Add all of your fruit to the bottom of a pitcher. Pour your wine, brandy, grand marnier and club soda over top and stir. This tastes great when it sits in the fridge and “marinates” for a bit. To serve, rim a glass with some orange sugar, add ice and some of the boozy fruit and pour the sangria over top. YES.
- Note: to make the orange sugar, I took 2 tablespoons sugar and toss it with the zest from 1/2 a cara cara orange.
God I love this season.