Sparkling, fruity, and refreshing, a raspberry rosé spritzer is an exceptional cocktail, fortified with vodka and fresh raspberries!
Why you’ll love it: The fresh raspberries add so much flavor to this refreshing cocktail.
How long it takes: 5 minutes
Equipment you’ll need: Cocktail shaker or small jar, muddler, fine mesh sieve
Servings: 1 (it’s easy to make more!)
With fresh raspberries and raspberry jam, this rosé spritzer stands well above the usual combination of wine and club soda. And with a shot of vodka added to the mix, you’ll find that this spritzer is truly a cocktail, and a memorable one at that!
Most recipes for wine spritzers have only two ingredients: an inexpensive wine and a carbonated mixer of some sort. They aren’t super sweet and are somewhat similar to a hard seltzer. A homemade wine spritzer is one of my go-to “cocktails” because it’s refreshing and so, so easy.
I think you can even buy canned wine spritzers or wine coolers. I’m not sure, do they sell wine coolers any more? They used to be a big seller in the 80s but maybe everyone caught on that it was much cheaper and better to make your own. I did a Google search for “wine coolers” and all of the hits showed refrigerators for cooling wine, taking the search phrase a bit literally, I guess.
Anyway, I digress. If you’re searching for a cocktail recipe that’s exciting, beautiful to behold, and oh so delicious, try this rosé spritzer. It’s not just a summertime patio kind of drink although it would be perfect for that, too. The addition of vodka and fresh raspberries elevate it to true cocktail status. And it’s so, so good!
Or, if you’re serving it to your Valentine, this raspberry cheesecake yogurt dip would be perfect.
If you want a super easy and very impressive dessert to serve to your valentine, try a no bake chocolate tart.
This light and easy cocktail is perfect for brunches, too. Take a look at my Mother’s Day Brunch ideas.
About this recipe
You can easily whip up this cocktail in five minutes. You won’t need a blender or anything fancy.
Here’s the basic how-to’s for this elegant looking cocktail: Muddle raspberries, raspberry jam, and mint leaves in a small bowl, jar, or cocktail shaker. If you have a muddler, great! If you don’t, simply use the end of a wooden spoon.
Stir in a shot of vodka, then strain the mixture into a lovely stemmed glass. Top the raspberry “purée” with chilled sparkling rose and serve!
A garnish of fresh raspberries or a mint leaf is beautiful. Tiny heart sprinkles are fun for Valentine’s Day.
Ingredients you’ll need
- Fresh Raspberries: You’ll only need 4 or 5 raspberries for this recipe.
- Raspberry Jam or Preserves: Bonne Maman is one of my favorite brands. Seedless jam is probably the best choice.
- Fresh Mint Leaves: The leaves are lightly muddled to add subtle mint flavor to the cocktail. Save some to garnish the cocktail, too. (If you need a use for your leftover mint leaves, try this quinoa chickpea salad or marinated lamb chops.)
- Vodka: Use your favorite brand. Since you’re mixing with other ingredients, I recommend a mid-range vodka. Titos is my go-to for most mixed drinks.
- Sparkling Rosé: Sweet or dry, that’s your call! Pick what you like to drink on its own and it will be perfect in this drink.
How to make this spritzer your own
There are a few ways to change up this cocktail. Here’s a few ideas:
- Substitutes for sparkling rosé. If you don’t have sparkling rosé, have no fear. Use a regular rosé wine and add club soda in a 50/50 mix. Or you could use a sparkling white wine (like champagne or prosecco). Your cocktail will be a bit lighter in color.
- Try a different jam/berry combo. Strawberry jam with fresh strawberries would be great, or blackberry jam with fresh blackberries, or cherry jam with fresh cherries, or … you get the idea.
- Make it lower in alcohol. For a lighter cocktail, omit the vodka.
Quite honestly, this cocktail is best made right before you serve it. Check that you have everything you need, wash the raspberries, and chill all the ingredients. It only takes about five minutes to prepare each drink.
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- 1 tablespoon raspberry jam
- 3 to 5 fresh raspberries
- 2 large fresh mint leaves
- 1 ½ oz. vodka
- 4 oz. sparkling rosé, chilled
- In a cocktail shaker (or small jar), combine the raspberry jam, fresh raspberries, and fresh mint leaves. Muddle them (with a muddler or end of a wooden spoon) until the berries are broken up— about 15 seconds. Add vodka and stir or muddle a little more.
- Pour the muddled berries through a small fine mesh sieve into a glass. Make sure to push all of the juice out to get the full flavor!
- Top with enough rosé to fill the glass. Garnish with fresh berries and mint.
- Any jam and berry combination will work in this recipe — strawberry, blackberry, cherry, even mixed berry!
- If you don’t have sparkling rosé, you can use a 50/50 mix of regular rosé and club soda.
- For a lighter cocktail, omit the vodka.
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