13 Rosé Recipes You Need to Make This Summer
Summer is as synonymous with rosé as it is with flip flops, beach towels, and long, lazy vacation days. Chances are, you’ve already found your favorite rosé, know your preferences, and have maybe even spent a day or two sipping on more rosé than you should by the pool. There’s only one territory left uncharted: eating your rosé. From stunning cakes and tarts to boozy treats and cocktails, and even an unexpected steak topper in the mix, if you’re a fan of rosé, it just makes sense to bring those crisp, fruity flavors into the kitchen this summer.
We went crazy over the idea of rosé jelly when it hit the internet, so here is our version of this boozy blush pink jelly. Your morning won’t be the same, now that you can have rosé for breakfast, as a midday snack, and basically anytime of the day you want. It’s the ultimate adult condiment. The recipe yields a few jars of jelly that you can keep for yourself stocked away or hand them out to family and friends as gifts. If you prefer red or white over rosé, you can substitute your favorite bottle of choice.
Rosé-Glazed Strawberry Tart
The rectangular tart pan makes for a striking presentation, but if you don't have one, you can use a 9-inch tart pan or pie plate.
Rosé Butter Sauce
This buttery wine sauce gets its rosey hue from rosé wine, pink shallot, and pink peppercorns. The rich sauce is a perfect finishing touch on steak, chicken, or pork, and delivers a whimiscal pop of color to the plate.
Strawberries and Rosé Cake
This impressive blush-tone cake is inspired by two of our favorite summer treats: rosé wine and fresh strawberries. Perfect for a bridal shower, birthday party, or any number of other special gatherings, this cake is as spirited as it is elegant. If you are a big frosting fan, you may want to consider doubling the buttercream component of the recipe, as this was developed as a more delicately iced cake. Leave enough frosting after filling the layers to swipe a light crumb coat around the exterior of the cake, if you like that look--or you can simply keep the frosting in between the layers for a fully "naked" cake aethetic.
Raspberry Rosé Bellini
This simple and elegant spring cocktail is the perfect accompaniment to a special brunch spread, such as our Ultimate Eggs Benedict. Though the recipe was developed with Mother’s Day in mind, the rosé simple syrup used to create this cocktail offers a multitude of delicious possibilities any day of the week. The boozy syrup is incredibly simple to make and can be used to enhance the simplest of cocktails, as well as add an extra special touch when poured over desserts.
Sparkling Ice Cream Floats with Berries
Who knew the ultimate summer dessert would be the simplest you’ve ever made? These delightfully sweet and boozy floats take only a few ingredients and about two seconds to whip up, but trust us—they are always sure to impress. Rossini is a sparkling wine beverage, usually Prosecco-based, that is mixed with strawberries and raspberries. It is sweeter and fruitier than a rosé or other sparkling wine so it makes a delicious combination with rich vanilla ice cream (we especially love Häagen-Dazs brand here). We found a great one at Trader Joe’s for just about $6, but if you have a hard time finding rossini, you can definitely use your favorite rosé.
Fresh strawberries briefly and gently poach in vanilla- and thyme-scented rosé wine for a versatile spring condiment: Serve it for dessert over ice cream, angel food cake, or pound cake; or use it at breakfast to top your yogurt or oatmeal. You can also try this technique with raspberries or blackberries if they’re more plentiful at the farmers market. If your rosé is on the sweet side, start with 1 tablespoon of honey, and add more as needed.
Elderflower and Raspberry Rosé Slushie
This simple slushie whips together in under ten minutes, making it the perfect cocktail to accompany your afternoon. Smooth, floral, and refreshing, this crisp glass gets its signature flavor from rosé and elderflower liqueur. Raspberries add tangy and sweet notes to round out the flavor of this elegant cocktail, making it the perfect refresher to include in your next afternoon get-together. For added elegance, serve alongside some beautiful Elderflower Macaroons.
Strawberry and Champagne Jello Shots
At your next romantic brunch, you could make a toast to true love with a plain ol’ flute of bubbly and a sad, sunken strawberry, or you could get rowdy with these gorgeous, grown-up Champagne jello shots. Champagne jello shots—or jello jigglers, if you prefer—have completely taken over Pinterest. I don’t hate it, but I am, however, surprised at the sad lack of rose (like the flower) and rosé (as in pink sparkling wine) jello shots. Oh, hello, rosé rose jello shots. Trust that this jello shot recipe ain’t anything like the ones you remember from your dorm room days. They’re a boozy masterpiece that’ll have you swooning (and quite possibly swaying).
This recipe for strawberry and Champagne jello shots takes three days, but I swear it’s not that time-consuming. And even if it were, it’d be 100 percent worth the wow. Just set aside a few minutes for prep before bed, and wake up to these pretty-in-pink brunch party treats. First, soak strawberries in rosé overnight to make strawberry-infused Champagne and Champagne-infused strawberries—both of which are used in this rose jello shot recipe. On the second night, prepare the gelatin mixture as you usually would when making jello shots and include rose simple syrup to add sweetness in place of granulated sugar and fresh edible rose petals (if you’re feeling fancy) for a vibrant garnish.
Now you’re probably thinking, Those are some expensive, bougie-ass jello shots—but they are not at all. I happily left my neighborhood liquor store double-fisting bottom-shelf rum and a $15 bottle of rosé. Opt for the cheapest bottles to save a few bucks, but if you can afford to ball out, by all means, do just that, too.
But beware: No matter which price range you stick to, these suckers will make it extremely hard for you to predict when you’ve had just enough. They’re strong and sneaky. With a decent amount of rum and a double dose of strawberry-infused Champagne mixed into the gelatin, you’re bound to get the party started early and quickly. Serve these easy Champagne jello shots at your Galentine’s brunch, or treat yourself and your special someone to boozy breakfast in bed.
Champagne Jello Shots
Slice and dice the strawberries. Fill half a 32-ounce mason jar with strawberry cubes and pour the whole bottle of Champagne over top. Place in the fridge and soak for 8 hours, or overnight.
Separate the strawberries from the Champagne by straining through a fine mesh sieve. Reserve ¼ cup Champagne-infused strawberries and 2 cups strawberry-infused Champagne for jello shots (obviously, save whatever is left back for over-the-top boozy mimosas).
In a small mixing bowl, combine simple syrup, rum, and gelatin together. Mix with a fork until the gelatin has softened.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the strawberry-infused Champagne to a simmer. Watch it closely, and do not boil or else it’ll foam over quickly.
Remove Champagne from the heat and slowly stir into the gelatin mixture. Let cool for 5 minutes.
Stir in rose petals and Champagne-infused strawberries.
Evenly pour the Champagne gelatin into two silicone cube ice trays, a 8x8 glass baking dish, or a few shot glasses—your choice. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours or overnight.
Serve and get the party started early o’clock.
Summer Melon Rosé Sangria
For a playful presentation, use a melon baller to scoop the fruit into bobbing orbs.