Friday, 2 August 2013

Friday Cocktail: Strawberry & Lime Rosé Sangria

Photo: Fiona Shaw (CCL)
I'm away on holiday this week so I've written this recipe in advance, and it's been super fun trawling through my drinks cupboard trying to work out what I'm going to be sipping on the beach and in the garden of our holiday cottage in Norfolk.

There's a few of us going and we're definitely an above-average boozy bunch, so as our resident drinks geek I've been appointed the task of scheming and dreaming about our drinks concoctions, and I've taken this task seriously for weeks.

As well as Turkish Delight martinis, cherry margaritas, green tea martinis, frozen kir royales, and a whole host of bottles from our summer wine picks, I think we'll enjoy cooling off with some fruity sangria. I'm not a fan of the traditional kind, but as drinking rosé is something we should all be doing more I've decided to shove a load of fruit and rum in it.

It's equal parts refreshing and dangerously drinkable, but its best feature is the fact you can make it in big batches in the morning and leave it in the fridge for a whole afternoon and evening of sipping.. Et voila!

Strawberry & Lime Rosé Sangria recipes (serves six)

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of rosé - as it's being blended you can use the cheap stuff, but I'd still go as expensive as you can afford. A nice Italian or Spanish (they tend to be a pretty bright shade of pink!) should be fruity enough!
  • 120ml white rum
  • Roughly half a punnet of strawberries
  • 2 limes
  • 1 litre bottle of 7up (other lemon and lime fizzy alternatives will work!)


Shake it!

1. Hull the strawberries, and thinly slice them along with the limes (discard the ends of the limes).
2. Pop them in a pitcher and pour over the rum and rosé. It will probably fill the pitcher by about a third.
3. Pop a layer of cling film over the top of the jug and make sure it's nice and tight, then leave the mixture in the fridge for a couple of hours so all the fruity flavours seep into the booze. Make sure your bottle of lemon and lime fizz is chilling too - but don't open it yet or it'll go all flat and icky.
4. When ready to drink, pour the 7up over the mixture and serve in tumblers (or jam jars if you're feeling uber-trendy) with ice.

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