This lighter, fresher, pinker take on sangria is a great match for spring and summer and strawberries.
Traditional sangria would have brandy and/or more vodka in the mix, for a super boozy effect; the whole mix is lightened up here so the floral edge of the rosé can meld with the aroma of the strawberries in an intoxicating pink explosion. Gin tends to bring out strong feelings—people love it or hate it. If you love it, that distinctive aroma adds a pleasing layer to this mix; if you hate it, just skip it and use vodka instead. You can even skip that extra dose of alcohol entirely if you want.
Strawberry Rosé Sangria
- 1 pint strawberries
- 3 limes
- 2 - 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 cup dry gin or vodka
- 1 bottle 750-ml dry rosé wine
- 6-8 leaves fresh mint about 2 sprigs
- Seltzer/sparkling water optional
- Hull and slice the strawberries. You can simply cut off their green tops, but cutting those tops and the white flesh just underneath yields a prettier, heart-shaped slice. To hull the berries, insert the tip of a paring knife in and under the green stem and turn the strawberry so the knife cuts out the hull, or calyx.
- Put the sliced strawberries, the juice of 2 of the limes, the sugar, and the gin or vodka in a pitcher. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
- Let the mixture sit about 1 hour if you can. This sitting time lets the alcohol pull flavor out of the strawberries and will give the final sangria a deeper, more fully strawberry taste.
- Pour in the wine.
- Scrub the final lime clean, thinly slice it, and add it to the pitcher.
- Roll the mint leaves in your hands to release their fragrance. Stack them and use a sharp knife to cut them into thin strips; add the mint to the pitcher.
- Pour into glasses full of ice. For a lighter drink, use half sangria and half seltzer.