No summer patio sipper could be prettier than this rosy-hued cocktail. You can make a whole pitcher at once, making it perfect for a crowd. While the first field strawberries are too precious to make into a simple syrup, frozen berries are perfect for this recipe. You need an excuse to clean out last year’s frozen fruit from your freezer! The simple syrup is also delicious mixed with club soda for a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage.
1½ cups of your favourite gin
1½ cups cooled Strawberry Rhubarb Simple Syrup (see below)
1 oz lemon juice (½ large lemon)
1 bottle (750 mL) sparkling Rose wine (my favourites are Haywire Pink Bub or Sumac Ridge Stellar Jay, could also use any sparkling wine, but the Rose gives it gorgeous colour)
1 lemon, thinly sliced
Rhubarb stalks or small strawberries for garnish
Place the gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a large glass pitcher. Add the sparkling Rose, tipping the pitcher slightly and slowly letting the wine run down the side to tame the bubbling! Add lemon slices, and stir to combine. It’s best to serve this cocktail immediately so you don’t lose the fizz.