Rosé Berries Make Cocktails Blush!

Rose Strawberries, photo by Becky Ellis
Rose Strawberries, photo by Becky Ellis /

Give your cocktails a rosy makeover with Rosé Berries.

What if you could combine rosé wine and strawberries? Imagine that same taste sensation in a pretty blushing pink berry and you have Rosé Berries.

For a limited time this summer, Driscoll’s is offering “Strawberry Fraises” (fraises translates to strawberries in French). Like their red strawberry cousins, rosé berries are plump, juicy and sweet, but they have a more “peachy” flavor.

As Driscoll Berry people want us to know “Delight can’t be contained. That’s why all our berries are made for sharing”. These berries are so delightfully delicious, you may be tempted to eat the whole pint all by yourself!

How do they make these blushing berries? According to their press release “a team of agronomists, breeders, sensory analysts, plant health scientists and entomologists research and develop proprietary varieties, including these new limited-edition offerings, through traditional breeding methods – no GMOs.” And even better… they are making rosé raspberries too! A hybrid mix of golden and red raspberries.

Where to find these beautiful berries? Driscoll’s makes the hunt for delicious berries easy with this list of where to buy them.

Have fun with your rosé berries! Freeze them and eat them like a Popsicle or garnish your Frosé (Frozen Rosé) with a frozen rosé berry. Garnish your cocktails with a blushing berry or pop one into a glass of sparkling rosé. Youngsters will enjoy a rosé berry in a glass of gingerale or sparkling water or surprise them with a rosé berry on top of a big bowl of homemade strawberry ice cream!

There’s lots to love about these berries. In addition to tasting so good, they are good for you – packed with vitamin C and potassium + a good source of fiber. So eat and enjoy to your heart’s content!

Here’s a cocktail recipe using Empress 1908 Gin that contains butterfly pea blossom making it the most gorgeous indigo blue color. Mix it with citrus and it turns the prettiest pink!

Rose Empress Wave Cocktail
Rose Empress Wave Cocktail, photo by Becky Ellis /

Rosé Empress Wave Cocktail

Recipe by Becky Ellis

Strawberry Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 rosé berries, capped and sliced
  • 4 strawberries, capped and sliced

Place sugar, water, rosé berries and strawberries in a small saucepan. Heat and stir, bringing the mixture to a simmer, until the berries are soft. Strain through a sieve into a small bowl, pressing the berries to release juices. Discard berry pulp. Chill the simple syrup until ready to make cocktails.

For each cocktail:

  • 1 tablespoon Empress 1908 gin and splash for the top
  • 1 tablespoon strawberry simple syrup
  • Mionetto prosecco
  • small ice cube

Place gin in a 6 ounce champagne flute. Top with strawberry simple syrup. Fill flute with Mionetto prosecco. Add a small ice cube and a splash of gin to top off the cocktail.

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How will you enjoy your blushing rosé berries? Will they make a splash in your sparkling rosé or dance around your cocktail glass?