This delightful concoction that I named the Minty Rose 75 was ALMOST called Spank the Rose. Obviously, as a tribute to the fun manner in which you can opt to “spank” your mint before you garnish your drink. At any rate, it’s easy, pretty, and delicious.
I do love a traditional French 75, but I also love sparkling Rosé. I used Prophecy Rosé for this recipe, not knowing how well it paired with strawberry. Until, of course, I read the tasting notes.
The Minty Rose 75
- 1.5 Oz. Gin
- .5 Oz. Lime juice
- .5 Oz. Simple syrup
- Sparkling rosé to top things off
- Strawberry to garnish
- Fresh mint spank it or not for the garnish
- In your shaker, add ice to your gin, lime juice and simple syrup.
- Shake things up. A lot.
- Strain into your champagne flute.
- Top with sparkling rosé wine.
- Garnish with fresh mint, spanked or not, and a strawberry. Or any other berry you like.
So what is this craziness that is Rosé wine?
A few misconceptions about rosé wine. That it comes from pink grapes. Nope. Or that it is made from mixing white and red wine. It can be, but that’s the “cheater” way of doing things.
Rosé wine is traditionally French, but now you can find it from winemakers all over the world. During the early stages of the winemaking process, red grapes are macerated to be juiced. The red skins are left with the macerated grapes for a few days to create that lovely pink shade. Once the skins are rmeoved the pink juice can be fermented into wine.
How to mix up the Minty Rose 75.
You could, if you like, skip the sparkling rosé part and just use rosé wine. No bubbles, and you could probably skip the champagne flute if you wanted.
Switching up the garnishes is also a fantastic way to use what seasonal fruit you have. Or if you find a sparkling rosé that has hints of raspberry, currant, or any other fruit. Doesn’t have to be a strawberry.
But you probably want to use the mint! If you need extra mint aroma, smack or spank it between your palms. This kick starts the mint and releases more of the oil to flavor things up.