Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria //
Entertain, Flowers, Food, Summer, Wine & Cocktails


It would be an understatement to say that I’ve been on a bit of a rosé kick lately. And if you know me at all, you’ll know I really love sangria. So this summer, I decided to create a refreshing rosé sangria with floral, fruity notes to unite my favourite beverages! My Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria is a flirty, feminine twist on traditional sangria where an effervescent, dry rosé takes center stage, complimented by flavours of lychee, elderflower, lemon, white peach and strawberry (with lots of bubbles!). These pretty wine cocktails are best enjoyed with friends — whether you’re dining al fresco, hosting a summer dinner party, attending a baby shower, or prepping drinks for girls night! Yes way, rosé!

And do you know who else loves fabulous summer cocktails? My super talented food blogger friends, who I’ve teamed up with on this Connecting Over Cocktails collaborative post to kick off patio season! If you’re looking to really shake things up this summer, we’ve got some serious cocktail inspiration in store for you today. Check out the bottom of this post for five fresh, seasonal cocktail recipes from fellow Food Bloggers of Canada members. Cheers to sharing the love and connecting over cocktails!


Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria //

Basically, if you took all my favourite summer flavours and threw them into a pitcher this is what you’d come up with — and that’s pretty much what I did! If you’ve been with me for awhile you’ve probably heard me gush about rosé, but if not I’ll do it again. I wasn’t a huge fan of rosé until last summer, when I discovered the world of dry, Spanish rosado (rosé). As someone who prefers dry wines in general, I fell in love with the rosé from this region! People often tend to think that rosé has to be sickly sweet and that’s just not the case. Some of my favourite bottles for sangria like the Mateus rosé I used in this recipe (or my other favourite vinho verde rosé) are dry and a little effervescent — I love the extra add fizz they add to this sangria. The best part is that you can find a great bottle of Spanish rosé for under $15!

Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria //

My Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria has a fresh, fruity summer flavour profile of lychee, elderflower, lemon, white peach and strawberry. You probably already have some of these seasonal fruits in your kitchen and I love their ability to infuse the sangria with a natural, fruity sweetness. The sangria-laden fruit in this recipe is so delicious to snack on while you’re enjoying your cocktail!

Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria //

The addition of lychee liquor adds vibrant floral and nutty notes, and a splash of elderflower syrup adds the perfect amount of tart sweetness. Lychee liquor is new to me and I love it in this recipe for that expected exotic twist — it was the perfect liqueur for this summery sangria and it smells absolutely incredible! If you’re curious about where to purchase, it’s pretty widely available, but I found mine at Sobey’s liquor stores.

Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria //

Sangria is my beverage of choice when I’m hosting or attending a party. It’s so much fun to make as a group — we concoct the mixture in a large beverage dispenser, and taste as we go to make sure we have it just right. Guests can serve themselves, and it makes for minimal bottle clean-up at the end of the party! We usually split ingredients between everyone who’ll be drinking the sangria — one person brings wine, one person brings the liqueur, and one person brings mix and fruit, etc. Next time you’re entertaining, try serving a punch-style sangria — it always gets the party started, and people who don’t usually drink wine enjoy it, too!

Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria //


Yield: Makes about 4 litres — enough for a good party! But if you’re hosting 8+, double this recipe.

Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria //


• 2 bottles of dry rosé
• 1/2 bottle (375ml) lychee liqueur

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• 1/2 cup elderflower syrup (IKEA is your best bet!)
• 3 cans of Limonata (Lemon) San Pellegrino
• 2 cans of soda water

Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria //

Fruit & Garnish

• 2 peaches (I used white in this recipe)
• 1/2 pint of strawberries
• 3 lemons
• Fresh elderflower or white lilac blossoms

Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria //


1. Add the rosé and lychee liqueur to a large beverage dispenser.

Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria //

2. Add elderflower syrup, San Pellegrino, then soda water. I generally prefer my sangria on the dry side, but if you prefer sweeter drinks you may want to add more Elderflower syrup and less Pellegrino and soda water. Make sure to taste (and stir) as you go!

Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria //

3. Slice and squeeze 2 lemons into the mixture. Stir and taste. Slice another lemon to float on top as garnish.

Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria //

4. Chop peaches and strawberries and add them to the beverage dispenser as garnish.

Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria //

5. Pour the sangria into wine glasses, scooping out fruit to serve with each glass. Garnish with elderflower or white lilac blossoms (did you know they’re edible?) and enjoy!

Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria //

Note: If you have leftover sangria (which doesn’t happen often), you can totally freeze it! Then, when you want to drink it, just allow it to unthaw about about 30 minutes — it’s delicious as a slush.

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Looking for more cocktail inspiration? Check out these mouth watering recipes from some of my favourite Canadian food bloggers! Not only are these guys crazy talented — their passion, creativity and dedication to their craft inspires me everyday. I’m so grateful to be a part of this community and lucky to call them my blogging friends — I hope you enjoy their blogs (and their recipes) just as much as I do! Cheers!

Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria //

Cassie at Crumb Kitchen’s Spiked Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Dana at Killing Thyme’s Pineapple Pepper Punch

Jared at The Hesitant Chef’s Minted Cucumber & Gin Gimlet Cocktail

Sean at Diversivore’s Mezcalita Del Ocaso

Taylor at The Girl on Bloor’s Watermelon Cucumber Mojitos

And also, cheers to Kristy over at She Eats — the queen of all things booze-infused and delicious! She’s currently working on her first cookbook, Cooking with Cocktails, which drops later this year and is now available for pre-order. Randomly enough, we actually grew up in the same small town in rural Alberta. What a small world!

P.S. – You can index our recipes via social media with the hashtag #FBCconnectingovercocktails, if that’s your preferred method of browsing!

Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria //

What’s you summer cocktail of choice? If you try my Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria (or any of the other cocktails in this roundup) leave me a comment below, or tag me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook! Use the hashtag #justinecelinarecipes in your recreations on social media so I can find them — I love it when you guys report back on recipes that you’ve tried!

Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria //

I shot the photos for this post at my childhood home in rural Alberta. I’ve been out here on a bit of a ‘workcation’ over the last week — it’s so beautiful and serene in the summer! 


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Sparkling Pomegranate Cranberry Sangria

Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria //

Thank you to The Calgary Herald for featuring this recipe.

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  • Reply Tia June 19, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    I just found your blog and it is beautiful! I am definitely going to try to make this during this summer, it look delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe.


    • Reply Justine June 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks so much, Tia — I’m happy you found me! We actually just finished enjoying this batch in the sunshine today. Please report back of you try the recipe! Cheers.

  • Reply Desiree June 20, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Wow, this looks so delicious and I really love rosé, elder flower and San Pellegrino lemon , so I think this is the perfect cocktail for me. I have to try this when when the Summer decides to come back:-)

    • Reply Justine June 20, 2016 at 9:46 am

      Thanks so much, Desiree! This sangria is full of all my favourite flavours, too. 🙂 Please drop me a note to let me know how you like the recipe if you do whip a batch up this summer!

  • Reply Elaine | Flavour and Savour June 20, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Gorgeous! So light and fruity and refreshing. Pinned!

    • Reply Justine June 20, 2016 at 10:35 am

      Thanks so much for the Pin, Elaine! Have a fantastic week.

  • Reply Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) June 21, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Pretty pretty – seems like many of us have rosé cocktails on the brain this week!

    • Reply Justine June 21, 2016 at 10:07 am

      Thanks so much, Mardi! I was just checking out your frozen rosé recipe. Cheers to lots of rosé this summer!

  • Reply Shauna June 23, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Looks so refreshing. Your photos are stunning, Justine!

    • Reply Justine June 23, 2016 at 10:04 am

      Thanks so much, Shauna! I’m working on a few other recipes out at my childhood home in rural Alberta (where these photos were taken) and it’s so inspiring to create in a new setting. Cheers!

  • Reply Samantha June 24, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Your photos are gorgeous! I love the pretty hues of this cocktail – stunning colours. Your tip on freezing sangria is a good one.

    • Reply Justine June 24, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Thank you, Samantha! I’m going to pop over to your blog later tonight to see what you’ve been up to lately. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Dana June 24, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Such a stunning drink! I love me some sangria, but I’m growing tired of the usual. I’ll have to see if these ingredients are available around here! I’ve never seen a lychee liquor before, but then again, I’ve never looked for one. Hopefully I end up pleasantly surprised!
    It was a great pleasure collaborating with you all and I look forward to more!

    • Reply Justine June 24, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      Thanks so much, Dana! I’m sure you can find lychee liquor — I had never noticed it either until I was standing in the liquor aisle wondering what I was going to use in this recipe. It was so much fun to dream up this collab with you and I love what everyone came up with. 🙂 Cheers, girl!

  • Reply Hilary June 24, 2016 at 11:30 am

    This looks just wonderful, and your pictures are gorgeous! I must admit, I would have never thought to buy Elderflower syrup at Ikea, but it will be on my list for the next trip! 🙂

    • Reply Justine June 24, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks for the sweet comment, Hilary! The IKEA Elderflower syrup is wonderful — it would be delicious in so many cocktails or summer desserts. Let me know how you like it!

  • Reply Britney June 24, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Rosé all dayyyyyy! This looks so fun and feminine – I’m always excited to try a new twist on a classic recipe. Not to mention, your picture are BEAUTIFUL!

    • Reply Justine June 24, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      Yes way, rosé! Haha. I’ve definitely been loving it lately! Thank you for the stopping by, Britney. Cheers to the weekend!

  • Reply Meaghan June 24, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Such a gorgeous drink! I love everything about this cocktail.. And Ikea for elderflower syrup?! Girl I would never have even thought of that. Thanks for the tip 🙂

    • Reply Justine June 24, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      Thanks so much, Meaghan! If you whip up a pitcher over the summer I’d love your recipe feedback. 🙂 Cheers!

  • Reply Maria June 24, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Beautiful photos … Looks like the perfect place for some downtime. Intrigued with the ingredients of your Sangria. Can’t wait to try. Thanks for sharing Justine 🙂

    • Reply Justine June 25, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Thanks for stopping by for a glass of sangria, Maria! I love coming back to the prairies in the summer to relax and unwind. 🙂 Glad I could share this recipe with you!

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