Made with only two ingredients, this homemade Rosé simple syrup adds sweetness, unique fruity notes, and a gorgeous blush color to your drinks and desserts. Perfect for creating Rosé syrup cocktails this wine-based simple syrup is incredibly easy to make at home – you can even make it with some leftover Rosé hiding in your fridge.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Perfect for leftover wine
- Adjust sweetness to taste
- Choose the Rosé style for your simple wine syrup
Simple syrup vs rich syrup
Classic simple syrup is created by combining equal parts sugar and water and has a shelf life of a month when stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
Rich syrup is a more intense, sweeter syrup, as it is made using double the amount of sugar compared to water in a two-to-one ratio. It lasts for about 6 months in the fridge in an airtight container.
- Rosé – Choose any unoaked Rosé wine that has some nice acidity to it to balance out the sweetness of the simple syrup. You can opt for a mineral Rosé or fruit-forward wine depending on your taste.
- Sugar – Granulated white sugar works best but you can also use powdered sugar.
How to make wine syrup?
- In a small saucepan, combine rosé wine and granulated sugar.
- Heat over low to medium heat, stirring continuously until sugar dissolves completely. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens.
- Remove from heat and let the rosé wine syrup cool to room temperature. Transfer the syrup to an airtight container and seal it.
How to use Rosé syrup?
Homemade Rosé syrup is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of ways:
Drinks: Add Rosé syrup to drinks including cocktails and mocktails to add some Rosé flavor and a distinct blush color. For a refreshing twist, add it to iced tea or lemonade.
Desserts: Elevate your cakes, cupcakes, and cookies by incorporating rose syrup for a burst of flavor and color. Its aromatic and fruity notes complement flavors including vanilla, strawberries, and peaches.
Topping: Drizzle homemade Rosé syrup over pancakes, waffles, cakes (incl. this Rosé cheesecake), fresh fruit, or ice cream as a fragrant topping. Alternatively, blend it with Greek yogurt or whipped cream to create a delicious easy treat.
Cocktails with Rosé syrup
Rosé syrup adds a gorgeous blush color and delicious fruity notes to drinks. Here are some cocktail ideas that incorporate rosé syrup:
- Rosé mimosa
- Rosé lemonade
- Rosé royal
- Rosé sangria
- Rosé spritz or spritzer
- Rosé aperol spritz
- Rosé margarita
- Rosé martini
Wine simple syrup variations
Herbs: Thyme and lavender notes pair well with Rosé wines. You can add them by placing a few sprigs of fresh thyme or edible lavender buds into the simple syrup and let them steep for 10 minutes before straining them off.
Non-alcoholic: You can use alcohol-free Rosé wine to make a non-alcoholic Rosé syrup.
Add fruit: Add other fruit-based syrups such as rhubarb or strawberry to the mix to create a fruitier syrup.
Due to the high sugar content and alcohol homemade Rosé syrup can be stored 4-6 weeks in the fridge in an airtight container. You can add one ounce of unflavored vodka to the recipe to extend its shelf life to 3 months.
Yes, Rosé syrup contains alcohol. The wine syrup is made by cooking down Rosé wine. Some of the alcohol evaporates during the process, but it doesn’t remove all of it.
Homemade Rosé Simple Syrup
- 1 cup rosé wine
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- In a small saucepan, combine the rosé wine and granulated sugar.
- Place the saucepan over low to medium heat. Stir the mixture continuously until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Simmer the mixture while stirring for approximately 10-15 minutes for it to thicken.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the rosé wine syrup cool to room temperature.
- Pour the cooled syrup into a clean, airtight container or bottle. Seal it tightly.
- Use your homemade rosé wine syrup to drizzle over desserts like ice cream, cakes, or fruit, or use it in your next cocktail recipe. Enjoy!