It’s me here bemoaning the end of summer – somehow, yet again, I was unprepared for this September grayness as soon as it hit New York. Luckily, we are going back to France on Friday, and I am hoping to recapture some sunshine there.
This “end of summer cocktail” – to me – is just that, in a glass. It is beyond drinkable, light, and a nice balance of tart and fruity.
Make these for yourself or your guests tonight and feel a bit better, momentarily, about the change in seasons.
Also, yes, I do think rose is for drinking (almost) year round. Fun fact: the rose wine I used to make this summer cocktail is from Sainte-Victoire. The artist Paul Cezanne painted that surrounding hillside area extensively in his latter years, and the pink-orange tones in his studies reference the high clay content of the surrounding soil, which also brings out the red-fruit flavors in the local roses.
ps. Use any seltzer you like – I prefer Spindrift for this because of its lighter carbonation. And the lavender sugar rim is completely optional, but it sure is pretty, isn’t it?
- ⅓ part Provencal rose wine
- ⅓ part lychee juice
- ⅓ part grapefruit sparkling water
- ½ teaspoon good grenadine syrup (I used Morris Kitchen)
- lavender sugar (optional)
- In a wine glass, combine juice, wine, and grenadine. Stir together with a cocktail stirrer.
- Top with sparking water.
- If desired, garnish rim with lavender sugar.