Creative Cocktails: Rosedale Vineyards Rosé Spritzer Punch

Whether reality or not, imagine: It’s hot. It’s muggy out. And you find yourself counting down the moments to happy hour….

So how about you mix up something special to beat the heat? Something fruity? Check. Something refreshing? Yes please. Something pink? Absolutely!

Sounds pretty tasty already right?

image1Earlier this summer I got together with some friends who are passionate about their cocktails. I tend to be more passionate about wine, so I don’t usually pour myself a refreshing martini after work. I usually hit up the vino. Sauvignon Blanc on hot days, Red Blends on cold days. Actually, I could go on and on as I have a “go to” wine for every mood (#dontjudge). Where as these friends are all about their creative cocktails. So what should we do? I love my wine and they love their inventive cocktails, we were at an impasse. Then it dawned on us – why not blend them together and make something we all could enjoy?

In the spirit of creativity (and cooperative civility) we decided to make a refreshing Rosé Spritzer. We started with a bottle of Summer Bouquet Rosé I had picked up from Rosedale Farms & Vineyards and added some refreshing treats. We wanted to create something that brought out the delicate flavors of the Rosé without overpowering them.

We had a lot of fun trying out different flavor concoctions and ended up with a delicious Rosé Spritzer “Punch” to sip on when it’s hot and muggy out – or if you’re really in the mood for anything Rosé and/or spritzer. 🙂

Rosedale Rosé Spritzer Punch Recipe:

summerbouquet1 Bottle of Rosedale Farms & Vineyards Summer Bouquet Rosé
1 Carton Raspberries (Muddled)
1/2 – 1 cup Wild Rose Flavoring (make to taste)
Club Soda
Ice Cubes for Serving

Where to find the ingredients:

Rosedale Farms & Vineyards Summer Bouquet Rosé:

“Red raspberries are the inspiration for this wine which matches a blend of our estate grown Meynieu, LaCross and Cayuga with the essence of red raspberry. The naturally higher acidity of these grapes balances out a smooth sweetness and sets up the perfect wine to serve with any number of desserts or even over ice on a hot summer afternoon.”

Retail: $18.00/bottle

Visiting Rosedale Farms & Vineyards:

Location: 25 East Weatogue Street, Simsbury, CT 06070

Tasting Hours: Weekends from 12-5pm (last call is 4:30pm)

blueberriesRosedale Farms & Vineyards is more than a winery, they are one stop local shop. Rosedale grows their own produce and sells other local items in their store. They have a great program called the “Farm Membership” where you get a 10% discount every time you shop (including their hand-crafted wines), e-mail coupons, free passes to the corn maze, discounts on Family Events and Farm Tours, and more! {Discounts on wine?! I’m in! :)} It is a great place to enjoy wine and shop locally grown produce.

For the tasting you can sample up to 10 wines for $12.00 (wine glass included). The tasting room is very charming and usually a family member or the winemaker is behind the bar pouring and speaking about the wines. Once you find a wine you enjoy you can purchase a bottle of wine and enjoy a glass on their outdoor patio.

Wild Rose Flavoring from Hartford Flavoring Company:

“The rose is the quintessential symbol of love, so why not love yourself and add a little rose to your cocktail? In addition to its intense aroma and striking appearance, rose hips are known to have several health benefits when ingested.”

For More Delicious “Wine Cocktails” and other great mixed drink recipes, visit my favorite libations blog – Gastronominsta.

wine-tasting-in-front-of-barnWe hope you enjoy this delicious punch! Make sure to Visit Rosedale Farm & Vineyards and the other Connecticut Wine Trail Wineries for other great wines and wine experiences. Cheers! 🙂

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Christina Musto

Christina is a long-term member of the American Wine Society (AWS) and has been working with wine grapes since she was 11 years old. Christina graduated from Sonoma State University with her Wine Business MBA, she is a founding member of the Women Winemakers of Connecticut group and a Sommelier. Currently she works at Musto Wine Grape Company, LLC. helping source wine grapes for home makers. She is currently enrolled in the UC Davis Winemaking Extension Program and will be taking her first level WSET this winter. Christina loves all things wine and is excited to share her CT wine experiences with you! Cheers!

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