You can taste the outdoors with this romantically floral Elderflower Rose Gimlet! It has a bouquet of elderflower, gin and rosewater and taste just like fresh flowers!
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Last weekend, I just really felt like baking. I was ready to make the first pie of the season. I got out the butter and the flour and made pie crust. (Yes, I know. It’s cocktail day. Bear with me for just a moment.)
I knew I wanted to make an apple pie, so I settled on the Apple Rose Pie recipe in the absolutely beautiful Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book. Essentially, it’s a regular apple pie, but with a hint of rose petals.
And that’s what gave me an idea: a rose cocktail. (See, I told you we’d get there.) The flowers are starting to bloom here, so why shouldn’t our cocktails bloom too?
To flavor this Elderflower Rose Gimlet, you’ll need rose water (I like Nielsen-Massey’s) which is water scented with rose petals.
Historically, rose water was used for medicinal purposes, but you can also use it for perfume and in the kitchen. You’ll also need St. Germain, a bright and delicate liqueur made from elderflowers. And gin, of course!
Now add the fragrances of roses and elderflower to the most Mad Men-esque cocktail of all: the gimlet. A classic gimlet recipe is made with 1 part gin and 1 part sweetened lime juice, often garnished with a cucumber slice.
It’s tart and herbal and every gin drinker (or gin tinkerer) should try one. When you add the rose water and elderflower liqueur into the mix, it gives the a springtime feel.
The Elderflower Rose Gimlet is the kind of cocktail to drink on those warmer spring evenings. It’s ideal to sip with appetizers for a dinner party, even a wedding. Or you can enjoy it for a Sunday brunch al fresco.
Any way you spin it, the florals give this cocktail a romantic, classical feel. Just like spring. Enjoy it while it lasts! // susannah
P.S. Let me advise you that if you struggle with pollen allergies, this is possibly not the cocktail for you. Some people may have trouble eating and drinking florals, so bear that in mind. (Myself included!)
Click below to see the Elderflower Rose Gimlet recipe!
A fragrant floral and gin cocktail
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 1/2 ounce St. Germain
- 1 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon rose water
- rose petals for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine gin, St. Germain, lime juice, simple syrup and rose water. Shake vigorously and pour contents, ice and all into a rocks glass filled with ice or a cocktail glass, neat. Garnish with a rose petal.