This Rosé Spritz with Rosemary Infused Vodka is the perfect spritz to add to your summer happy hour routine. It's tasty but not too sweet, and strong but drinkable. And its easy! No shaker required.
What is a Rosé Spritz?
The first thing that pops into my head when I think of a spritz is the mother of all spritzes- the Aperol Spritz. It's both sweet and bitter tasting in the best way possible, usually containing a combination of Aperol, Prosecco, seltzer, and an orange peel garnish.
Though I really enjoy the famous Aperol Spritz, I have to be in the mood for it. In fact, I think the best part of an Aperol Spritz is that it lays the groundwork for other spritzes like this Rosé Spritz with Rosemary Infused Vodka. You need four primary ingredients: one liquor, one sparkling wine, seltzer, and a beautiful garnish.
Today's spritz recipe uses homemade rosemary infused vodka as the liquor, sparkling rosé as the sparkling wine, seltzer, and lemon as the garnish.
Rosemary Infused Vodka
Rosemary is a potent herb that quickly imparts its flavor onto other ingredients. Therefore, this rosemary infused vodka requires just 30 minutes of infusion prior to making the cocktail. Simply nestle a couple sprigs of rosemary into a jar filled with vodka, and put it int he refrigerator for a half hour so it stays cold while it infuses. This rosé spritz, or any spritz, should be cold!
Which Vodka to Use
This is a personal preference. The owner of my local wine store, Myrtle Wines & Spirits, told me about this vodka called Supergay, which is local to New York State. He explained that they filter it using charcoal and that it's one of his favorite vodkas. I was happy to see its $27 price tag, compared to that of the $40 Ketel One I usually buy. Plus, the bottle design... Sold!
I can honestly say this vodka is delicious. It's incredibly smooth and flavorful in a botanical way, somewhat like gin. It also smell strikingly similar to sake, not like vodka at all. I would describe it as "soft" or "mellow".
Pink is in right now. You could use regular sparkling wine or Prosecco to make your rosé spritz, but then it wouldn't be a rosé spritz! The light pink color accents the green rosemary and yellow lemon for a nice color scheme. Presentation matters!
For a truly excellent cocktail shaker that's durable, has a built-in measuring cup lid, and keeps your hands from freezing, this one is my recommendation. It's also very easy to remove the lid, which can be a struggle with other shakers.
For something sleek that still gets the job done, and is more affordable:
Beautiful white wine glasses! Spritzes are traditionally served in wine glasses. I prefer to use white wine glasses for this rosé spritz because they're slimmer and smaller so the cocktail will fill the glass to the top.Print
This Rosé Spritz with Rosemary Infused Vodka is elegant and sophisticated, delicious, and perfect fro summer happy hours.
For the Rosemary Infused Vodka
- 2 fresh rosemary sprigs, plus more for garnishing
For the Rosé Spritz
- 1.5 ounces of rosemary infused vodka (see above)
- 3 ounces of sparkling rosé
- 3 ounces seltzer
- 1 lemon wedge
- Start by making the rosemary infused vodka about a half hour before you want to drink your cocktail. Place 2 rosemary springs in a jar or container and fill it with vodka. (I like to make 1-2 cups if I know I'll be serving multiple rounds of drinks for myself and friends.)
- Fill a wine glass with ice and place 1.5 ounces of the rosemary infused vodka into the glass. Follow up with 3 ounces of sparkling rosé and 3 ounces of seltzer.
- Garnish with a lemon wedge and rosemary sprig.
Keywords: Rosé Spritz, rosemary infused vodka