Another approaching holiday calls for another cocktail recipe, and since it’s the season of love I have whipped one up that is effortlessly romantic.
What says Valentine’s Day more than roses? The use of roses, rose water specifically, in cocktails has become a favorite secret floral note of mixologists over the past year.
Rose water is a non alcoholic ingredient distilled from rose petals. Rosewater is a product of the distillation of rose petals. The raw distillate of rose petals is really a layer of oil known as rose attar that is typically used in perfumes floating on top of a water layer, which is the actual rosewater.
With a provocative aroma, rosewater brings a distinctive floral character to a drink. It can give a cocktail’s “bouquet” a literal meaning. But while you may LOVE the brilliant-colored flowers by the dozens, when adding rose water to a cocktail is requires a delicate touch- most recipes include just a small amount- trust me a little goes a long way- this stuff can be very strong.
This Valentine’s Day Rose Gin Fizz is a gin-based cocktail with pomegranate juice, sparkling water and a splash of rosewater. The sweet tone of the pomegranate juice and the floral notes of rose water are a perfect complement to an herbaceous gin.
What You Need:
- 2 ounces chilled gin
- 2 ounces chilled pomegranate juice
- 1 teaspoon Rose Water
- 8 ounces chilled sparkling water
- Ice cubes
- Rose Petals to Garnish
Mix it Up:
- Combine all the liquids in a pitcher and stir gently. DO NOT SHAKE THIS DRINK!
- Add ice cubes to 2 glasses
- Pour the Pomegranate Rose Gin Fizz over ice
- Garnish with a rose petal, sip and enjoy.