Welcome to The Cool Down, Hunker's definitive guide for staying cool, calm, and collected all summer long.
Ahhh, the birds are chirping and the sun is shining ... good omens like these can only mean one of two things: Either, it's our favorite time of year again, National Rosé Day (but sadly that event has already come and gone), or summer is in full effect. And while we all love this time of year, the rising temps definitely have a tendency to leave us feeling hot AF. Sound familiar?
Well if you're anything like us and you believe that a heat wave, and the resulting sweat dripping down your brow, earn you the right to indulge in a refreshing treat, you've come to the right place. In honor of our favorite sparkling wine, we've found 10 rosé-inspired goodies — ranging from cocktails to popsicles — that will help keep you cool all summer long.
1. Rosé Slushy
Remember back in the day when you would spend sweltering summers sucking down ice cold Slurpees from your neighborhood 7-Eleven? (Hold that thought ... brain freeze!) Well this frosty cocktail by Abby Capalbo over at Style Me Pretty Living is a little like that, only more mature and SO much better.
Warning: After experiencing this melt-in-your-mouth treat, you'll never be able to look at root beer floats the same way again. Meghan from Fox and Briar had the culinary ingenuity to combine two of our favorite things: rosé and sorbet. And we wholeheartedly approve.
If a mimosa is your brunch go-to, then you're in for a treat. For a fun twist on the traditional breakfast classic, Amanda from the Mindful Avocado uses grapefruit juice and rosé to create the perfect summertime aperitif at home.
Let's toast to a modern take on the mimosa. Liren over at Kitchen Confidante has us absolutely swooning over the lychee and rosé libations that she whipped up.
Our idea of the perfect Sunday Funday? Enjoying the warmth of the sun poolside while staying cool with spoonfuls upon spoonfuls of this grapefruit and rosemary frosé. Check out The Bachelorette alum, Jillian Harris's full recipe here.
In addition to the fact that summer and popsicles pretty much go hand in hand, we promise, you won't regret spending a little extra time to prep these tasty delights. As a certified sommelier, Jayme Henderson over at Holly & Flora knows a thing or two about wine, so it's no surprise that her strawberry, watermelon, and rosé popsicles are an insanely delicious explosion of melt-in-your-mouth flavor.
When you see cocktails like this rosé mojito by Claire Thomas from The Kitchy Kitchen, who can wait for happy hour? And besides, it's probably 5 o'clock somewhere, right?
Or, if you're not a fan of mint, give this fruity sangria a whirl. The cool, crisp taste of strawberry-infused rosé is a delightfully picture-perfect way to stay refreshed all weekend long. Check out the full recipe over at Jennifer Meyering.
There is something about an Aperol spritz that feels perfect for the summer, and this rosé version is even better. Samantha from My Kitchen Love gave the light and fresh Italian cocktail a rosy makeover, complete with strawberry puree, and we are fully on board with this fruit-infused idea.
Ariane Moore is an Editor at Hunker. After earning her B.S. in Interior Architecture and Design, she enjoyed working on a variety of projects ranging from residential to hospitality at award winning design firms in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles. She also served as Design Editor at Natural Child World magazine.