As a bartender, I have seen countless trends come and go in the world of mixology. However, one trend that has been steadily gaining popularity in recent years is the use of rose in cocktails.
Rose, with its delicate floral notes and subtle sweetness, adds a unique dimension to cocktails that is hard to replicate with any other ingredient.
One spirit that pairs particularly well with rose is gin. Gin, with its botanical flavors and crisp finish, provides the perfect canvas for the floral notes of rose to shine through.
The combination of rose and gin creates a cocktail that is refreshing, elegant, and perfect for any occasion.
But with so many variations of rose gin cocktails out there, it can be hard to know where to start. That's why I have taken it upon myself to sample and review some of the best rose gin cocktail recipes out there.
From classic cocktails with a twist to innovative creations that push the boundaries of mixology, I will be sharing my thoughts on each recipe, along with tips on how to make them at home.
So whether you're a seasoned cocktail connoisseur or just looking to try something new, join me on this journey as we explore the world of rose gin cocktails.
Who knows, you may just discover your new favorite drink.
1. Rose Water and Gin Cocktail
The Rose Water and Gin Cocktail is a refreshing and floral drink that uses a simple syrup flavored with rose water. The botanical flavors of gin are present, making it a perfect match for the floral notes.
It can be garnished with lemon zest, rose petals, pink ice cubes, or a striped straw. The cocktail is perfect for a romantic occasion or a garden party. If you are a fan of floral drinks, this cocktail is definitely worth trying out.
2. Riviera Rose Gin Cocktail
The Riviera Rose Gin Cocktail is a refreshing and tart drink that features the subtle flavors of Hendrick's Gin, which is infused with cucumber and rose petals. The cocktail is sometimes pink and sometimes pale, depending on the ingredients used.
The addition of apricot brandy and pamplemousse adds a fruity and slightly sweet taste to the drink. The cocktail can also be made with an egg white for a thick foam on top. Overall, the Riviera Rose Gin Cocktail is a perfect drink for those who enjoy a subtle, yet flavorful cocktail with a touch of sweetness.
3. Grapefruit Rose Gin Fizz
The Grapefruit Rose Gin Fizz is a refreshing and visually stunning cocktail that is perfect for springtime. Made with Empress 1908 Gin, grapefruit juice, elderflower liquor, and sparkling rose, this cocktail boasts a beautiful pink and lavender ombre effect that is sure to impress.
The Empress 1908 Gin provides a unique floral flavor and noticeable hue due to the butterfly pea blossoms used in the distillation process. The addition of grapefruit juice adds a tangy and refreshing element, while the elderflower liquor adds a sweet and floral note. Overall, the Grapefruit Rose Gin Fizz is a delicious and visually impressive cocktail that is perfect for any occasion.
4. Antique Rose
"Antique Rose" is a stunning and festive Rose Gin Cocktail that is perfect for Valentine's Day or any special occasion. This cocktail features Empress Gin, a purplish-blue tone gin with notes of citrus, juniper, rose, and light spice. The stunning color of the gin comes from the natural Butterfly Pea flower, which also adds a unique color-changing effect to the cocktail.
The cocktail is then mixed with Fever Tree Sparkling Grapefruit and sparkling Rosé wine, creating a fizzing and refreshing mix of flavors. The cocktail is finished with a touch of real rose petals, adding a floral finish to this delicious drink. Overall, "Antique Rose" is a must-try cocktail for anyone who loves a refreshing and visually stunning drink.
5. Pink Gin Spritz
The Pink Gin Spritz is a refreshing and fruity cocktail that is sure to brighten up any occasion. This cocktail is a fun and colorful twist on the classic Spritz cocktail, featuring pink gin, Prosecco, and tonic water. The pink gin adds a sweet and aromatic flavor to the cocktail, while the Prosecco and tonic water provide a perfect balance of sweet and bitter notes.
The garnish of raspberries and lime wedge adds a pop of color and flavor to this already vibrant drink. If you're looking for a fun and delicious cocktail to impress your guests, the Pink Gin Spritz is definitely worth a try.
6. Lillet Gin Cocktail
The Lillet Gin Cocktail is a perfect blend of gin and Lillet Rosé, with a mix of lemon and lime juice to bring out the warm flavors. The blush apricot color of the cocktail is visually appealing and would be perfect for a springtime drink at a garden party or bridal shower.
The floral notes and citrus flavors of Lillet Rosé make it the star of the cocktail, while the addition of bitters and simple syrup add depth to the drink. The use of a lemon wheel garnish adds a touch of elegance to the cocktail. This cocktail is a must-try for gin lovers who are looking for a refreshing and delicious drink.
7. Rose Quartz Cocktail
The Rose Quartz Cocktail is a floral and refreshing gin cocktail made with homemade rose syrup, gin, and fizzy lemonade.
It's a love spell in cocktail form, with the rose syrup bringing love and the gin offering protection from negative energy. It's perfect for any occasion where you want to spread a little love and can even be made with non-alcoholic gin.
8. Gordon's Pink Gin and Tonic
The Gordon's Pink Gin and Tonic is a refreshing and pretty cocktail perfect for summer. It's a twist on the classic Gin and Tonic, with the addition of Gordon's Pink Gin, which gives it a lovely pink hue.
The drink is made with tonic water and a splash of lemonade, making it a sweet and citrusy treat. With its beautiful pink color and sweet, citrusy flavor, it's sure to become a new favorite.
9. Strawberry Rose Gin Fizz
The Strawberry Rose Gin Fizz is a delightful cocktail that combines the flavors of strawberries, rose water, and gin. The rose water adds a delicate floral note to the drink, while the strawberries provide a sweet and fruity taste. The gin adds a herbal and refreshing touch to the cocktail.
The recipe suggests using only one teaspoon of sugar, but you can add more if you prefer a sweeter drink. This cocktail is perfect for those who love fruity and floral flavors in their drinks. If you're looking for a unique and refreshing cocktail to try, the Strawberry Rose Gin Fizz is definitely worth a shot.
10. The Mae Rose Gin Cocktail
The Mae Rose Gin Cocktail is a delightfully complex and strong cocktail that is perfect for sipping. With hints of grapefruit and the bitter flavoring of Campari, this pink drink is a treat for the senses. The cocktail is typically served with a grapefruit twist to play off the Pamplemousse in the recipe, but a sweetened and partially dried lemon slice can also be used to balance the bitter flavors from the Campari.
The herbal flavors of Campari, with some citrus, make this cocktail a perfect aperitif drink to ready the body for a delicious dinner. The Mae Rose Gin Cocktail is a must-try for those who enjoy subtle Campari flavors and love pink drinks.
11. Prosecco and Gin Candy Floss Cocktail
The Prosecco and Gin Candy Floss Cocktail is a unique and visually stunning cocktail that is sure to impress guests at any event. This cocktail combines the sweetness of candy floss with the crispness of gin and the effervescence of Prosecco.
The addition of an edible flower adds a touch of elegance to the drink. While the recipe may have its restrictions, the end result is a dessert-like cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. This cocktail is a must-try for those looking for a fun and creative twist on the classic gin cocktail.