Drinks

Pitch(er) Perfect

Make this charred peach rosé sangria and stop wasting your time with everything else
Charred Peach Rosé Sangria
Photos: Rachel Vanni/Tasting Table

Every season, we make it our mission to come up with at least one batchable cocktail that's as great for parties as it is for weeknight dinners. Last summer, it was a pitcher of cherry-infused rum; during fall, we were all over this boozy cider slushie; fast-forward to this summer, and we're taking an old favorite out for a spin: adding grilled stone fruit to sangria for a match made in heaven.

So stop what you're doing and try this charred peach rosé sangria (see the recipe), and don't be surprised if your liquor cabinet starts to collect dust as summer winds down.

The beautiful thing about this originally Spanish beverage is that it can be made however you like it. Traditionally, sangria is made with red wine, but white and rosé are also common bases. No rules means throwing whatever you have in season into the mix, whether it's apples and pears or citrus and herbs.

Each summer, restaurants and bars around the country explore new ways to celebrate this picture-perfect drink, and we're all in favor. At Casa Pública, a new Mexican restaurant in Brooklyn, beverage director/GM Meaghan Montagano pours a large-format sangria made with rosé and tequila. Elsewhere in Brooklyn, Sarah Morrisey, beverage director of Pig Beach and Pig Bleeker (formerly of Dutch Kills and Dear Irving), makes a sangria that's already become a favorite among New Yorkers; Morrisey mixes Wölffer No. 139 dry rosé cider with vodka, peaches, mint and strawberries for a drink that "isn't too boozy but definitely has a kick."

Over in Manhattan at the just-opened Upper East Side location of Quality Eats, head bartender Bryan Schneider has come up with a French Press Sangria, in which he infuses citrus and berries in (you guessed it) a French press for up to 24 hours. Just before serving, he strains out the fruit and pours the wine over ice for a clear sangria that is still packed with fruity flavor. (Of course, you could leave the fruit in if you want.)

Across the country at Alma at The Standard, guests can order sangria made with natural wine and tequila while hanging poolside. Partner Ashleigh Parsons uses a "light, crisp Provençal rosé" for the base and tequila, because, as The Standard Bar Manager, Steve LaFountain, says, "agave spirits are so hot right now." And "despite it having a good amount of alcohol," he adds, "the sangria is refreshing with notes of citrus and a nice dry finish." And at the Holiday House in Palm Springs, the restaurant is making a sangria with everyone's favorite Italian bitter, Aperol.

Since wood-fired cooking and grilled everything are still two of the hottest restaurant trends around—and a few of our favorites—we've decided to char stone fruits on the grill before soaking them in another must-have: rosé. Peaches and cherries hold up over the heat, and the burnt flavor imparts a complexity that's often lacking in the overly sweet pitchers of sangria that give the drink a bad reputation.

As cookbook author Andrea Nguyen tells The New York Times when explaining the appeal of blackened and burnt flavors, "Charred food always draws you in more, whets your appetite." In the case of this sangria, it begs for a second pour.

Use this recipe as a framework for experimenting with different fruits on the grill and mix in varying flavors of brandy, too. For inspiration, see below for a list of new sangrias at restaurants and bars across the country. Just remember there's a reason they serve sangria in pitchers: One glass is never enough.

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  • French Press Sangria

    Quality Eats, NYC

    Rosé wine is infused with lemon, limes, oranges, flowers and strawberries in the French press for 24 hours. Before serving, the fruit is strained out for a clear but flavorful glass of the good stuff.

    Photo: Liz Clayman

  • Natural Wine Sangria

    Alma at The Standard

    This refreshing but deceptively boozy number is made with a bottle of Gris de Gris, Domaine de Fontsainte Corbiéres Rosé from the Languedoc, house-made lemonade, tequila, Grand Marnier and fresh berries.

    Photo: Tegan Butler and Andrew Noel

  • Polanco Sangria

    Casa Pública, Brooklyn

    A large-format sangria made with rosé wine, blanco tequila, Cocchi Americano, strawberry and citrus.

    Photo: Evan Sung

  • Rosé & Vodka Sangria

    Pig Beach, Brooklyn

    This refreshing number is made with Wölffer No. 139 dry rosé cider, vodka, peach liqueur, cut-up peaches, mint and strawberries.

    Photo: Katie Burton

  • Sangria Ice Pops

    Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar, NYC

    With all the sangria you should be drinking this summer, ice pops are a welcome variation. You can find the recipe here or check them out at this NYC rooftop bar.

    Photo: Tasting Table

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