This light, crisp, and fruity Rosé Vodka Cocktail is about to become your new go to drink! Perfect for girls’ night in, Valentine’s Day, or a special occasion!
Rosé Vodka Cocktail — My New Favorite!
This past Christmas Irving gave me a bottle of rosé vodka…and I’ve been testing cocktail recipes ever since! I’ve got a good one for you today—sort of a distant cousin to a cosmo—a rosé vodka cocktail. Sweet and fruity, but not too over the top, these go down smooth! Perfect for summertime….but don’t let that limit you! It’s a beautiful addition to a Valentine’s Day spread, a holiday party, or just a fun Friday night!
This past summer we hosted a dinner party, and my friend Ali brought me a bottle of rosé wine as a hostess gift. I used to like really sweet wines, but as my palate has adjusted I’ve starting liking wines that were a little more crisp, and not so syrupy sweet. Rosé instantly became my new favorite. Rosé wine is simply wine that has a bit of the color from the grape skins, but not so much as to make it a red wine. It’s pink, pretty, and delicious!
What is Rosé Vodka?
Rosé vodka is the new *it* vodka flavor! It is simply rosé wine flavored vodka. And it’s yummy! Super light and mixes well with fruity flavors, like lemon, cranberry, and orange. There are several brands that have rosé vodka in their line ups. I’m partial to Three Olives brand. It’s obviously perfect for a rosé vodka cocktail!
Rosé or Rose?
A week ago we went out for Irving’s birthday and I tried a cocktail made with Grapefruit and Rose Vodka. I was very excited, thinking it was rosé vodka….but I was wrong. We went to Total Wine on our way home to buy a bottle, and it was only after we got home that we read the label and realized it was actually rose flavored….like the flower. The biggest “dilemma” was figuring out which one we liked better. They are both really tasty, and you could try this drink with either one! We certainly did!
I was so excited to borrow these gorgeous coupe glasses from my mom for these pictures. My Grandpa Joel brought them home from Asia in the 1950s. My Grandma Henrietta passed them down to my mom, and she has held on to them for so many years. This summer, in a moment of purging, my mom almost gave them away, but thankfully she didn’t. I have called dibs on them for whenever she is ready to share! These photo worthy glasses make me feel very Mrs. Maisel! I just love them.
Cocktails are a fun way to make an evening seem fancier! And making them at home is SO much less expensive than ordering in a restaurant. Allow yourself to gradually build a collection of liquors and mixers that you enjoy so that you can mix something up when the mood strikes! Have fun experimenting! You might also enjoy my Sparkling Pineapple Mojito!
This cocktail comes together with just 5 easy ingredients!
- Orange Liquor—I like to use Cointreau, but Triple Sec would also be great
- Aperol—This Italian aperitif is sweet and fruity, with hints of rhubarb! It lends it’s gorgeous color to this drink.
- Lemon Juice—fresh squeezed lemon, not lime, in this drink!
- Cranberry Juice—a splash of cranberry juice cocktail takes the edge off of this drink.
- Rosé Vodka—my new favorite! If you can’t find it, try lemon or orange flavored vodka.
Let’s get shaking! I hope you enjoy this light and fruity rosé vodka cocktail as much as I do! Drop me a note in the comments below!
Rosé Vodka Cocktail
- 1/2 ounce orange liquor (I like Cointreau)
- 1/2 ounce Aperol
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- 2 ounces cranberry juice
- 1 1/2 ounces rosé vodka
- 1/2 cup crushed ice
- lemon peel (for garnish)
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
- Shake vigorously to mix, and to chill the cocktail (the breaking ice will cool it down).
- Strain and pour into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist (see notes).
- Serve and enjoy!