Another summer day, another cherry recipe. That's how it goes, right? Today's topic is the cherry rosé spritzer. It's simple but delicious, which is the best kind of drink, in my opinion. I came up with the recipe idea when planning out what to do with this year's cherry delivery then tested it a couple of weeks ago. I had to drink a few in order to get it just right. 🙂 It was a winner in my book but I also served it to a group of girlfriends and they loved it, too. Now, let's get into the ingredients. There are only five!
In addition to a few of the sweet cherries from my Northwest Cherry Growers delivery, I used LBD rosé to make this spritzer. It's the perfect balance of sweet and dry and one of my favorite inexpensive summer wines. Check out this list for 20 more budget-friendly wines you should try. As you might have noticed, I love creating new cocktails and there are some ingredients that I use over and over because they work so well together. If you were around last summer, you might remember a cherry elderflower cocktail that bears a striking resemblance to this cherry rosé spritzer. Good eye! Both drinks have fresh cherries, mint, and elderflower liqueur (in this case, St. Germain).
I've tested a few different brands of elderflower liqueur in drinks like this summer fruit rosé sangria and this three-ingredient cocktail (which is perfect for all things spring and bridal, by the way) and St. Germain is favorite. And I love how it mixes with the other components of this drink. To make it, you start by smashing a few fresh cherries in a glass. (Note: I used a red wine glass here because I love the look, which means I had to be very careful with this step. When making these for a crowd, I used heavy-bottom rocks glasses.) Smashing the cherries releases the juices, which contributes to the cherry rosé spritzer's color and flavor.
After smashing the cherries, just add your ice, rosé, and elderflower liqueur then top up the glass with sparkling water and stir. I've made cherry rosé spritzers with different kinds of sparkling water (Perrier, La Croix, store brands) and and they've turned out well each time so feel free to use whatever you have on hand. I also like to add a sprig of mint for garnish but that's totally up to you.
In case you missed it, I kicked off cherry season last week with this lemon ginger & cherry pie, which you should definitely check out before the season ends. Thanks for reading!
An easy and effervescent, five-ingredient summer cocktail made with fresh cherries, rosé, elderflower liqueur
- 5 ounces rose wine chilled
- 2 ounces elderflower liqueur
- sparkling or seltzer water chilled
- 3 cherries pitted and halved
- 1 sprig of mint optional garnish
Add cherries to a glass and carefully mash them with the back of a spoon or muddler.
Add ice then pour rose and elderflower liqueur over top.
Top up with sparkling water then garnish with mint.