Lazy: Sparkling Rosé Lemonade
So, let me tell you that in all my years working professional pastry and cooking that I get super into making over the top dishes. At work it's a matter of pride. "Look at me and my work," it says, "It's better than yours."
At home is another story entirely. At home I am a lay-z-boi. If I never had to go to the gym and instead could just lay on the couch binging Netflix and stuffing my face hole with salt-n-vinegar chips I would do just that. My crock pot is my bestest friend in the winter and salads where nothing has to be cooked are my crew in summer. (That or I make Brian go work the grill and feed me meats.)
Even cocktail-wise I can be pretty laid back. For all that you see on here most nights I'm all about bourbon over ice or simple G&Ts. Perhaps a splash of bitters or a lemon wheel when I feel fancy.
What can I say? I'm low maintenance. (Or so I tell myself. Brian will argue otherwise.)
Then again, sometimes the best drinks are practices in simplicity and, in my opinion, artful restraint might be one of the most difficult aspects to master when it comes to food and drink.
That's why I'm all about cocktails like this. Make some lemonade, pour over ice, add a float of sparkling rosé and - boom - so very done. You can add a splash of vodka or gin to to get yourself superbly guttered if you're on a mission for it. Really, it's fabulous.
We made these during Pride, but the Fourth of July is coming up and that's also something to celebrate. Sparklers are cheap and oh-so-pretty so stock up during the four days they're available at stalls in every parking lot in California. They make an easy garnish to a cocktail and don't make the mess you think they might. Perfect for the lazy home bartender! I can tell you Brian and I had a blast with them and everyone we served them to was beyond dazzled.
Happy Pride. Happy Fourth. Happy drinking.
Sparkling Rosé Lemonade
Perfect lemonade topped with a float of sparkling pink wine. It's about as easy as it gets. The lemonade is my go-to recipe and is utterly flawless. The trick is to add the peels to the simple syrup for a huge bump in flavor. On occasion, I add vanilla bean or rosemary to the simple syrup, but one doesn't have to. In addition, you can easily add an ounce of vodka or gin to this for something a little more potent.
Makes enough lemonade for a pitcher - about 6-8 servings.
What You'll Need:
- 1 cup white sugar
- a few good strips of lemon peel, no pith
- 1 cup lemon juice
- Sparkling Rosé
What You'll Do:
For the lemonade place the sugar and lemon peel in a sauce pan with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Cover and allow to cool. Pour into a pitcher, peels and all. Add 3 cups of water and the lemon juice and stir together.
Pour into glasses filled with ice. Float with a good pour of the sparkling and enjoy.