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So what are the rosé rules? It should be young, meaning the label should read 2017, and really no later than that. Rosés are delicate in flavor, and an aged rosé is not going to provide you with any nuance or crispness in flavor. So what do you do with all of those 2016 rosés you have on hand? (Or am I the only one who bought a case last year…?)
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You know that expression “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade?” Well, my solution goes a little like this: when life hands you rosé that’s just slightly passed its prime – add rum, some citrus, and make sangria!
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Here my “This Rosé is So Last Season” Sangria:
· 1 Bottle 2016 Rosé
· ¼ cup simple syrup (you can buy off the shelf, or make your own with equal parts hot water and granulated sugar)
· ½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
· 1/4 cup white rum
· 1/4 cup Triple Sec or other orange liqueur
· ½ cup blackberries
· 1 orange, thinly sliced
· 1 lemon, thinly sliced
Combine all ingredients (expect the sliced citrus) in a large pitcher or bowl, refrigerate for at least one hour, but overnight would be better. Right before serving, add the sliced citrus – pour and enjoy with 4 to 6 of your friends! (Then call them an Uber when you’re done.)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tess is a young professional, home-baker and downtown Dayton dweller who spent years working in the restaurant industry. When she's not mixing drinks for restaurant patrons, she's drinking champagne, buying shoes, or writing her blog, Ciao Vella. You can read about her home recipes, party planning tips, and more at www.CiaoVellaBlog.com.