Rosé Sangria Recipe & its History

We’re certain you’ve heard of Sangria before. The delicious, traditionally red wine and fresh fruit punch that’s especially perfect for sunshine and summertime. Today we’re asking you to take what you know and throw it out the window for the sake of making a really, really good wine cocktail. We tried the Modern Proper’s Rosé Sangria that–you guessed it–features Rosé in place of red wine. While this may seem like an unlikely combination, with a little research we found there’s actually a long history of making Rosé Sangria.

In the 1700s and 1800s, the British and French started to make their own variations of the classic Spanish drink with what’s called Claret. According to rosé expert and author of Drink Pink: A Celebration of Rosé, Victoria James, Claret was a “violet-colored rosé” from Bordeaux that was created during the Middle Ages. James writes, “When Bordeaux came under British rule, Claret wines became the new darling in England. Writer Samuel Johnson famously stated, “He who aspires to be a serious wine drinker must drink Claret.” Until the late 1900s, the English and their precious Claret were inseparable.”

So there you have it: while Americans most commonly make Sangria with plummy reds like Zinfandel, Merlot, or Malbec, tossing in Rosé instead is actually just a lesser-known variation of this classic wine cocktail.

We highly suggested whipping up this tasty concoction and sharing your newly learned Sangria fun facts with any friends that will listen. While we can’t say they’ll enjoy the tale, we can guarantee this drink will be a crowd-pleaser. As our friends at the Modern Proper mention in their blog post, choosing a dry, French-style rosé, like our Lazy River Rosé, is best for this recipe. It helps to cut the sweetness from the sugar and triple-sec so you have a more balanced beverage. 


To make the Modern Proper’s Rosé Sangria combine:

  • 2 Cans of Lazy River Rosé (equivalent to 1 bottle)
  • 3/4 cup Sugar 
  • 2 cups Club Soda (Grapefruit Le Croix) 
  • 1 cup Triple Sec 
  • 1 cup Gin 
  • 1 Lime, juiced 
  • 1 Lemon, juiced 
  • 1 Grapefruit, juiced 
  • 3 cups various sliced citrus of your choice

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