Reckless Rosie – A Rose Wine and Strawberry Cocktail

Reckless Rosie

Reckless Rosie Wine Cocktail

The name of our cocktail is Reckless Rosie. We wanted to create something that we had not seen before, so we took inspiration from a few different things to create an original cocktail. Think of it as a strawberry mojito meets a lemon drop but turned up a few notches.

We used a rose wine made from merlot and cabernet sauvignon grapes as the star for our cocktail. It had very strong notes of strawberry so we started from there. Both of us agreed that adding an herb, basil, would further the complexity of the cocktail and take it to the next level.

We had our core ingredients figured out: rosé, vodka, basil, and strawberries. The first sip was a disappointment. The rosé we used is a dry rosé so our cocktail ended up tasting like watered down strawberries without any sweetness. After some tweaking with lemon juice and sugar we found our recipe!

Reckless Rosie would be perfect for a hot summer day, sitting by the pool with friends. It is a sweet, refreshing drink with a gorgeous color.


Rosé was the inspiration for our drink. The Rosé we used has aromas of strawberry and raspberry with a balanced acidity. It is enjoyed most chilled on a warm day. Rosé is made by crushing red grapes and allowing the skins to stay in contact with the juice for a short period of time. This is where the wine gets its color.  The skins are then discarded before fermentation.


  • 8 basil leaves
  • 4 strawberries
  • 2 lemon wedges
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 ounces of dry rosé (We used Mill Creek’s Santa Rosa Rose from Healdsburg, CA.)
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce tonic water


  • First in the cocktail shaker muddle the basil, strawberries, squeezed lemon and sugar.
  • Then add ice.
  • Next, add all your liquids: rosé, vodka, and tonic water.
  • Now it’s time to shake it!
  • Enjoy in a martini glass adorned with a strawberry and basil leaf! 

Video: Reckless Rosie Cocktail

Created by B. Bartolomei and J. Huerta




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