Drink Pink: National Rosé Day is June 10th

There’s no disputing that June 10th is a date to which a number of distinctions have been hitched. Sure, you could spend it biking naked through the streets or gazing with affection upon your ballpoint pen collection, but this year, June 10th fall on the second Saturday of the month, which means it is also National Rosé Day.

Bartender Kenneth Vanhooser of Michelin-starred NYC West Village restaurant Piora has marked the upcoming occasion by creating a sparkling rosé cocktail. The Negroni Sbagliato-style cocktail, dubbed the Sprezzatura, is named for an Italian term that means “the ability to make one’s actions seem effortless.” If sipping a delicious, easy-to-prepare drink with good flavor complexity sounds like a good way to pass a day devoted to pink wine, then let your holiday cheer flow.

  • 1.5 oz white rum
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 large ice cube
  • Top with sparking rosé

In a rocks glass, add the rum, vermouth and Campari over a large ice cube. Stir a few times. Top off with a bit of sparkling rosé. Garnish with a large orange peel twist.

This Sprezzatura cocktail appears in DRINK PINK: A Celebration of Rosé, a new book by Sommelier Victoria James.