I made this cocktail recently and it was a huge hit! I documented exactly what I did so you can recreate this delicious drink. Read all the way to the end, I included two options to cater the drink to your tastebuds.
Light Rosé Syrup
The first step in making this drink, is making the rosé syrup. This is a twist on the classic simple syrup. The rosé adds both flavour and colour to your cocktails. It also lasts for a couple weeks so feel free to make a bigger batch and use it in other cocktails when you want to add a little sugar and a pink tint.
This syrup is not as sweet as other simple syrups so feel free to use more in the recipe if you’d like a sweeter cocktail.
- 1 1/2 cups dry rosé wine. I used a very dry wine from The Wine Butler
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- Add wine to a sauce pan and bring to a boil, then slowly add half the sugar. Let this boil for 5 minutes.
- Slowly stir in water and the remaining sugar. Continue stirring until all the sugar dissolves.
- After 5 minutes, reduce the heat slightly and allow the mixture to thicken. When the mixture has the consistency of a light syrup, it’s done. This is a little thinner than a typical simple syrup and has a deep pink colour.
- Set aside and allow to cool.
- Pour mixture into a glass bottle or measuring cup and leave in the fridge.
Grapefruit and Pink Gin Mixing
Ingredients ( serves 4)
- 1/2 grapefruit, juiced
- 1 can grapefruit flavoured sparkling water ( I used Bubly)
- 2 oz Light Rosé Syrup (add more or less to control the sweetness)
- 5 oz Gordon’s Pink Gin
- Juice the grapefruit and strain. For a clearer cocktail, strain twice to remove all seeds and pulp. If you want you can add some of the pulp at the end for those who want it.
- Pour the grapefruit juice, simple syrup, pink gin and a handful of ice into the shaker.
- Shake well and pour into chilled glasses.
- Add a splash of club soda to the cocktail.
- Garnish with a slice of grapefruit or lemon.
Switching up the cocktail to suit your taste
Low Sugar + More Fruity
I made this for an Oscar’s viewing party and the group wanted something less sweet and more citrusy. I cut the simple syrup measurement in half and didn’t strain the grapefruit juice to create a fruitier and more tart base with lots of pulp. I also added a bit more of the club soda to cut the acidity of the grapefruit.
Sweet Dessert Option
Serving up this cocktail as a Valentine’s Day dessert? Add an extra ounce of the Rosé Simple Syrup and strain the grapefruit juice twice to remove all pulp before adding it to the shaker. I would also recommend using slightly less grapefruit juice. After adding sparkling water, top with a small handful of cotton candy for an extra sweet treat.
Let me know if you try out this recipe and what you think about the different options to customize it. Do you prefer your cocktails sweet or more fruity?
Until next time,