Cocktail hour: Rose Martini

May 28, 2011

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.


  • 60mls quality gin
  • 15mls dry vermouth
  • 15mls rose syrup*
  • 3 dashes of Angostura bitters

Garnish: small rose petal or small cube of Turkish delight


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.


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