7 Oh-So-Romantic Rosé Cocktails for a Perfect Summer Night
And the places to order them
Summer is about one thing: rosé. That means you’ve probably tried every pink varietal under the sun. And while we commend your efforts, it’s time to shake things up. Here, seven rosé cocktails and which Chicago spots to drink them at.
The “She Sells Seashells” at Oyster Bah
Say it five times fast. Actually, don’t--just order it with your oysters. The drink mixes sparkling rosé with gin, yellow Chartreuse, apricot liqueur, basil and lemon.
1962 N. Halsted; 773-248-3000 or oysterbah.com
The “Miss Prints” at The Betty
Sip this bright, floral cocktail before dinner. (Or, before Drumstix. You choose.) It combines sparkling rosé with lemon and rose and violet liqueurs. Think of it as the stiffest bouquet in town.
839 W. Fulton Market; 312-733-2222 or thebettychicago.com
The “Cocchi Rosa” Aperitif at GT Fish & Oyster
Sip this on the patio and River North will start to feel a little bit tropical. With light, fruity flavors, the drink contains sparkling rosé and hibiscus and grapefruit juices. It’s garnished with a grapefruit peel.
531 N. Wells St.; 312-929-3501 or gtoyster.com
“Rosé You Can See” at the Florentine
This is kind of like a high-end wine slushy. It’s made with gin, rosé, mint simple syrup and fresh-squeezed lemon juice. But the real secret sauce is the homemade blueberry sorbet. File this under: Happy hour goals.
151 W. Adams St.; 312-660-8866 or the-florentine.net
The “French 75” at Sepia
At the fine-dining restaurant, new drinks hit the menu each season--but some things never change. During happy hour (4 to 7 p.m. on weekdays), Sepia offers its “Greatest Hits” drinks. That includes the French 75, which blends sparkling rosé with pink gin and fresh-lemon sour. The “Bites” list isn’t bad, either--you’ll want to try that grilled escarole crostino.
123 N. Jefferson St.; 312-441-1920 or sepiachicago.com
The “Kiss From a Rose” at Beef & Barley
When you top vodka, elderflower liqueur and citrus juices with a splash of rosé, what do you get? A summery cocktail that needs to be sipped right now. Seal would want you to.
3001 N. Ashland Ave.; 773-248-0990 or beefandbarleychi.com
The Rose Cart at Lux Bar
There’s nothing not to like about an entire cart of rosé. At the Gold Coast restaurant, one such cart is stocked with a rotating selection that includes wines from Italy, France, Spain and California. Here’s where you can get creative: order up a glass, along with a mixer like Champagne or lemonade. (Psst: We got recipes.)
18 E. Bellevue Pl.; 312-642-3400 or luxbar.com