|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 16g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||2%|
|Total Sugars 13g|
|Vitamin C 23mg||113%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The sparkling strawberry rosé recipe features strawberry vodka and a sparkling blush wine in a fun and fruity cocktail. You will also find a few surprises inside this delightful pink drink, which can be made by the glass or the pitcher.
To complement the wine and vodka, a hint of pear and a touch of basil are added. The wine gives it a nice, light effervescence and the other ingredients add to the complexity of flavors that are sure to tantalize your taste buds.
There are two homemade ingredients in this recipe. The basil syrup is very easy to make at home and, just like most herb-infused syrups, it should be ready in an hour. This is a great addition to a variety of cocktails, including the tomojito, and can replace the syrup and basil found in the Basilica.
If you choose to make your own strawberry vodka, you will have to plan ahead because it can take up to two weeks to get the perfect flavor. In a pinch, pick up strawberry vodka at a liquor store. Among the favorites are Three Olives, Stoli, and Smirnoff, though you'll find a few other vodka brands that offer this flavor as well.
For the Strawberry Vodka:
1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1 (750-milliliter) bottle vodka
2 tablespoons simple syrup, optional
For the Basil Simple Syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup basil leaves, rinsed
For the Cocktail:
1 1/2 ounces strawberry vodka
3/4 ounce pear nectar
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 ounce basil simple syrup
2 ounces sparkling rosé wine, or to taste
Basil leaf, for garnish
Strawberry or seasonal fruits, for garnish
Steps to Make It
Make the Strawberry Vodka
Gather the ingredients.
Wash and remove the stems of about 1 1/2 cups of strawberries. Cut into two or three large slices per berry.
Add the berries to a wide-mouthed infusion jar and fill with vodka. If you like, add 2 tablespoons simple syrup. Shake well and store in a cool, dark place.
Give the infusion a good shake once or twice a day. Do a taste test after five days and continue the infusion until it reaches your ideal flavor (it may take up to 14 days).
Once done, strain out the strawberries and bottle with a tight-sealing lid (the original vodka bottle works great).
- A 1-quart mason jar will fit a full 750ml (25-ounce) bottle of vodka. The jar holds 32 ounces, so this extra space should be a perfect allowance for the berries.
- Strawberry vodka, just like any other vodka infusion, and can be done with vodka and fresh strawberries alone. Many people have found that adding a little sweetener helps with this particular flavor (technically making it a liqueur). Instead of simple syrup, you can use 1 or 2 tablespoons sugar. Shake it until the sugar dissolves and shake more thoroughly throughout the infusion.
- Unsweetened, the strawberry vodka has a shelf-life like any other liquor, but is best when enjoyed within a few months. If you add sugar, store it in the refrigerator for up to two months.
- The same technique can be used with a blanco tequila or white rum for other drinks.
Make the Basil Simple Syrup
Gather the ingredients.
In a saucepan, add equal parts sugar and water (1 cup each is a good batch, though you can make more—increase the basil accordingly).
Bring to a boil while stirring to dissolve the sugar.
Add about 1/2 cup rinsed basil leaves, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes.
Remove from the heat, keep covered, and allow it to infuse and cool (about an hour). Once cool, strain out the basil and bottle in a glass jar or bottle with a tight seal. The basil syrup should be stored in the refrigerator and will be good for about three weeks.
Make the Sparkling Strawberry Rosé Cocktail
Gather the ingredients.
Pour the vodka, pear nectar, lemon juice, and basil syrup into a wine glass filled with ice.
Top with sparkling wine.
Garnish with a basil leaf and strawberry or your choice of seasonal fruits. Serve and enjoy.
- If you have only the still version of rosé wine, feel free to use it. To bring the sparkle back, add a splash of club soda or mineral water.
- This cocktail would make a fabulous punch or pitcher drink and it can be adapted to any size of party. The single cocktail makes a 5 1/2 ounce drink. You simply need to multiply it to create as many servings as you need. The easiest way to do so is to break the recipe down into parts: 1 part vodka, 1/2 part nectar, 1/3 part each syrup and juice, 1 1/3 part wine. For instance, you might pour 1 cup vodka, 1/2 cup pear nectar, 1/3 cup each syrup and juice, and 1 1/3 cup wine. This would create almost 28 ounces or about seven 4-ounce drinks.
How Strong Is a Sparkling Strawberry Rosé?
The sparkling strawberry rosé is a gentle little drink. Even with the vodka, it's not much stronger than some of the heftier wines. While the alcohol content will vary with the rosé, it should mix up somewhere around 15 percent ABV (30 proof).