Rose water adds a delicate floral note to cocktails. Derived from distilling rose petals, rose water captures the essence of the flower. Mixologists have started infusing rose water into simple syrups and incorporating it into inventive cocktail recipes.
Those looking to experiment with new flavors or who have an appreciation for subtle floral scents may find rose water cocktails particularly appealing. A few drops of rose water can enhance spirits like gin or vodka without being overpowering. The mild sweetness of rose pairs well with various bases. Whether enjoying drinks at home or perusing a restaurant’s menu, rose water cocktails offer a refined twist on classics. Their softly aromatic quality attracts those seeking sophisticated yet easy-drinking libations.
Rose Water Gin Cocktail
The classic Rose Water Gin is delightfully simple, yet the rose water adds an element of opulence to an otherwise humble drink. With the zesty tang of fresh lemon, you’ll find this three-ingredient cocktail an uplifting all-year-round drink. Of course, being a gin-based beverage, this calming concoction is perfect for summer!
Rose Water Lemon Drop Martini
The Rose Water Lemon Drop Martini is a party showstopper ideal for sunny get-togethers. This six-step cocktail features vodka and agave syrup. The end product has a polished, refined flavor rounded out by the enthusiasm of a rose’s best friend, the lemon. Garnered with rose flowers, it’ll flourish in spring, summer, and the beginning of fall, when the weather is best appreciated with a satisfying tipple.
Elderflower Rose Gimlet Cocktail
Floral. Aromatic. Fresh. The Elderflower Rose Gimlet is like a bouquet of lovely spring flowers because, well, it sort of is. Besides its floral ingredients, this soothing cocktail includes gin, St. Germain, and simple syrup. Unsurprisingly, its slightly sweet, slightly herbal flavors are best enjoyed in the blooming months of spring, garnished with rose petals.
Rosewater Old Fashioned
With a Rosewater Old Fashioned, you’re adding a subtle yet satisfying twist to a traditional drink. Among its ingredients, this old fashioned features whisky, maraschino cherries, simple syrup, and Angostura bitters. In fact, it doesn’t matter if you’re trying to warm yourself on a cold winter evening or you’re just watching the sunset on a fall night; it’s always a good season for the bittersweet yet floral flavors of this old fashioned.
Rose Water Gin and Tonic
The Rose Water Gin and Tonic is a super-easy beverage sure to spruce up any hot July date night with bright and zesty flavors. This quick-and-breezy take on the quintessential summer drink features a welcome botanical aftertaste that will delight the senses.
Rose Water Spritzer
What smells like perfume, but you can drink? The Rose Water Spritzer, of course. In addition to the rose water, you’ll need a dash of honey for sweetness, vodka, blood orange juice for color, lemon juice, and sparkling water. Top it off with a rose for garnish! It’s slightly fruity, slightly sweet, and wholly scented like a scarlet flower. It has all the bubbly resolve of a delicious spritzer and is best enjoyed in early spring.
Rose Water Gin Fizz
The Rose Water Gin Fizz is excellent for getting all the piquant floral notes of rose water-based drinks without imparting a heavy alcoholic taste. Something fizzy, fruity, and easy to drink certainly belongs in the scorching months of summer. The fact that the drink is made with gin and pomegranate (among other ingredients) further backs this statement up.
La Fleurette Cocktail
The La Fleurette is as extravagant as it sounds. This champagne-oriented cocktail has the looks and flavors to impress. Add St. Germain, tonic water, and pink food coloring for a dramatic aesthetic. It’s a relatively soft drink with lovely fragrances and a refreshing carbonated sip created to elevate any spring dusk.
Honey Rose Gin Martini
Honey, roses, gin, and bitters; these ingredients comprise a fragrant Honey Rose Gin Martini perfect for sampling while watching the world bloom around you. Enjoy it, for it’s not every day that you get to drink a beverage so revitalizing yet so easy to make.
Jackie O’s Rose
Triple sec and rum seem to be a match made in heaven with Jackie O’s Rose. Here, on our list of rose water cocktails, we have a daiquiri in all but name. Add a bit of rose water to the equation, and you’ve got a complex symphony of sweet, sour, and floral flavors, all balancing each other out in a boozy spectacle best enjoyed in fall.
Black Rose Blossom
Enigmatically named, the Black Rose Blossom is a deep drink of blackberries, rose water, vodka, and a squeeze of lemon. Garnished with a sprig of thyme, it offers a sweet and flowery taste for a refreshing quality. That light and breezy nature mean this straightforward cocktail is ideal for a quiet summer afternoon.
Moonwalk Cocktail Recipe
Last but not least, the Moonwalk is somewhat of a citrusy cocktail that combines the delightful savor of rose water with Grand Marnier liqueur, grapefruit juice, and chilled champagne. While these easy-to-mix ingredients might conjure up images of spring, it’s ideal for ushering in the fall.
- Choose your favorite recipe
- Gather the necessary ingredients
- Prep a rose water cocktail in 5 minutes or less