In case you haven’t noticed, it’s gorgeous out there. It’s officially rosé season, and it’s time to load up your fridge for the duration of the summer.
I love a glass of crisp, extra dry rosé, but sometimes a girl needs some bubbles! Fret not, dear imbibers, not all bubbles require a champagne budget – there are so many amazing sparkling wines that won’t break the bank.
One of my favorites as of late is Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé, a delightfully dry wine that is wonderful for sipping in the afternoon or mixing into a summery cocktail. It is made with a combination of Glera grapes (typically used to make Prosecco), Chardonnay, and Malbec to add color and richness. The wine it self is not too sweet and has a slight flavor of red berries and toasted brioche.
While Santa Margherita is delightful on its own, I also tried it in a summery cocktail, a variation on a Negroni Sbagliato, but with Hendrick’s Gin, Aperol, and a splash of sparkling wine. Served over a large king cube and garnished with an edible flower, this might be a perfect summer tipple.
1 oz Hendrick’s Gin
1 oz Aperol
1.5 oz Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé
Combine gin and Aperol in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled, and strain into a low ball glass with a king cube. Top with Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé and stir. Garnish with an edible flower.