After dredging up painful history, there’s only one place to go: booze.
Whenever I go to Whole Foods, I end up spending far too much time perusing the alcohol section. Their prices are a bit high, but they have a selection of liquor and craft cocktail ingredients it’s hard to otherwise find locally. I always leave with something, whether it’s an expensive bottle of gin or a special bottle of bitters or my latest happy discovery: Royal Rose Simple Syrup. I normally balk at buying simple syrup because it’s so absurdly easy to make myself. Royal Rose Simple Syrup comes in a variety of unusual flavors like Tamarind and Saffron, though, and since I don’t have access – yet – to a decent supply of organic rose petals to make my own, I picked up a bottle of the rose syrup.
The next task was figuring out what to do with it. Gin seemed like the perfect fit – though I still plan to try it in an Old-Fashioned with orange bitters and see how that goes – so I started looking for gin cocktails. I’ve been meaning to make a classic martini for a while now, so this Rose Martini recipe from About.com seemed a good place to start. It was perfect. The only thing bad about this cocktail is that eventually my glass was empty.
Rose Martini Cocktail
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce dry vermouth
- 1 teaspoon rose simple syrup - (Royal Rose or your own)
- 3 dashes orange bitters
- Assemble the ingredients in an ice filled mixing glass. Stir very well. Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or rose petal.
I used Greylock, because I like its light, airy flavor. I think Ethereal Gin would absolutely shine here.