A dry martini is one of my favourite cocktails and this version is based on the dry martini, but with a lovely floral note. It’s a delicate and smooth martini infused with rose syrup. I absolutely love it! If you’re not a gin fan, then you could substitute the gin with your favourite vodka. The Rose Martini would be the perfect drink to serve at a garden party, outdoor wedding or Moroccan-themed party. Personally, it’s a wonderful apertif that I like to enjoy before dinner.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 60mls quality gin
- 15mls dry vermouth
- 15mls rose syrup*
- 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
Garnish: small rose petal or small cube of Turkish delight
HOW TO MIX THIS COCKTAIL:
Pour the gin, vermouth and rose syrup into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain and pour the liquid into a martini glass. Add three dashes of angostura bitters and garnish with a rose petal or small cube of Turkish delight.
Note: How to make Rose Syrup. Basically it’s a 2:1 ratio with sugar and water. Add tspn of rose water, 60mls white sugar and 30mls water to a pot. Bring to boil, stirring constantly and then decant the liquid into a jug. You can purchase rose water from most good speciality stores, Middle Eastern delis and markets. I made my rose syrup with raw brown sugar and it gave the drink this lovely orange hue.