So I have to admit, I skip right over most of these "National Days." It just becomes too much trying to keep up with National Hot Dog Day, National Pancake Day and National Tell Your Best Friend You Love Them Day -- I'll celebrate my love of pancakes and best friends any day that I want to thank you very much! But tomorrow, June 9, is a National Day that I can really get behind: It's National Rosé Day!
Again, I don't need a calendar to tell me this delicious pink treat is worth celebrating, but I'll take any excuse I can to think and drink pink! Luckily, several places around town have made it all the easier by launching pop-up Rosé Gardens for the summer! Read on to see where you should be sipping this weekend and all summer long!
If you have not yet stopped by The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C. and its award-winning restaurant Westend Bistro will be the hotspot of the season with its new Rosé Garden, which launched May 5. It's open every Friday night from 4:30-7:30 p.m. (and of course this Saturday, June 10) throughout the summer. While enjoying the sun soaked patio, guests will be able to quench their thirst and order a glass of their favorite wine or sample a variety with the garden’s Rosé Flight, complete with three different rosé blends to taste and experience. Those looking for a refreshing craft cocktail and the perfect way to start the weekend can enjoy the exclusive ‘Brigitte Bardot’ with Lillet Rosé, Giffard Crème de Pech, grapefruit juice, grapefruit bitters and sparkling rosé or the ‘Riff on Pimms No. 1 Cup’ with Pimms No. 1, sparkling wine, ginger syrup, orange sherbet, fresh lemon juice, and cucumber water. And don't forget to sample a few nibbles as you sip, such as the baked goat cheese with caramelized figs and crostini, Chesapeake Bay oysters with cucumber granite and osetra caviar, glazed pork belly with port wine and crispy yuca or grilled watermelon with prosciutto de parma and crumbled feta.
Vinoteca devoted the entire month of May to one of its favorite wines, with an inaugural “Rosé All May” celebration featuring rosé 10+ different ways. But it was such a hit with guests, they didn't shut down on May 31: they extended the rosé celebration throughout the entire summer season. From now through September, wine lovers can enjoy rosé every which way: rosé on draft, 16+ rosés by the glass, rosé magnums, rosé bottle specials, rosé sangria, housemade rosé vermouth, rosé cider, rosé cocktails, rosé flights and even boozy ice cream floats. Vinoteca’s charming, European-inspired outdoor Plaza bar is also outfitted with climbing roses, fresh flowers and lush greenery.
Whaley's Garden is an outdoor bar with sweeping river views in the heart of The Yard’s Park featuring 10 different rosés, plus frozen drinks, high balls and ice cold beer.The Garden seats 30, though seating is first come, first served, and the maximum party size allowed is six. (So select your fellow rosé guzzling friends wisely.) It’s open Monday through Friday from 5 p.m.-10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m.-10 p.m. for those of you who like to maximize your weekend day drinking. The list of rotating rosés was created by wine and beverage director Brian Zipin and spirits and bar manager Nick Miller, with several available by the glass, and the rest by the bottle. See all the menu details here.
And if you aren't really looking to leave your porch this weekend, here is a delish recipe for the ever popular Frosé that you can make at home, courtesy of Adam Bernbach
- 3 oz. Gamay Rosé (any kind will do)
- 1 oz. Capitoline Rosé vermouth
- 2 oz. Strawberry syrup (see recipe below)
- 1.5 oz. Lemon juice
- 0.5 oz. Branca Menta
Put all of the ingredients in a blender. Add 16 oz of ice. Blend for a slushy consistency. Garnish with a strawberry slice.
- 1 cup fresh strawberries
- 3/4 cup sugar
Purée the strawberries in a blender, and strain to remove seeds. Place the strawberry purée back in the blender with the sugar, and blend on high. Store in the fridge.