You can taste the outdoors with this romantically floral Elderflower Rose Gimlet! It has a bouquet of elderflower, gin and rose water and tastes 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?
WHAT IS A GIMLET?
To see this idea to fruition, I add the fragrances of roses and elderflower to the most Mad Men-esque cocktail of all: the gimlet. (It was Betty Draper’s drink of choice, after all!)
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 drink a springtime feel.
WHAT IS ROSE WATER?
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.
Be careful though – a little rose water goes a long way! The flavor can be quite strong, so if you haven’t cooked or made cocktails with rose water before, start with a small amount and add more if you like.
You’ll also need St. Germain, a bright and delicate liqueur made from elderflowers. And gin, of course!
HOW TO MAKE A GIMLET
With such a short list of ingredients, making a classic gimlet really couldn’t be easier. Making this Elderflower Rose Gimlet is just as easy!
Fill up a cocktail shaker with ice, then add the gin, St. Germain, lime juice, simple syrup and rose water.
Like I mentioned, if you haven’t tried rose water before, I suggest adding just a small amount to start and increasing to the full amount if you like. Some people only like a hint of roses, while others like a stronger rose flavor!
Then shake it like a Polaroid picture and strain it into a chilled cocktail glass or a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a rose petal if you’re feeling extra fancy.
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!)
A fragrant floral and gin cocktail
- 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.