While the recipe we’re about to give you for a Rose cocktail makes the list of Contemporary Classics according to the International Bar Tenders Association, it is not particularly well known outside of Europe. That’s probably because there are so many other drinks out there called a “Rose” that this one gets lost in the shuffle.
Lots of the other Roses contain gin and are really just oddly flavoured Martinis. A French Rose adds cherry brandy to the gin and vermouth while an English Rose uses apricot. This “official” Rose is similar to the French version, but isn’t as sweet and omits the gin.
Kirschwasser (commonly referred to as Kirsch), is German for “cherry water”. It’s a clear fruit brandy that’s made from fermented cherries; what the French call an eaux de vie. The difference between Kirsch and cherry brandy is that the latter is sweet and Kirsch is not. Some cocktails, like the Ladyfinger, call for both ingredients because Kirsch provides the intense cherry flavour while the cherry brandy adds sweetness.
You’ll get the drink’s distinctive pink colour by adding a few splashes of strawberry syrup to the clear spirits. Top it off with a maraschino cherry and you’ve got a very elegant cocktail to serve guests before dinner.
Here’s the recipe for a Rose cocktail:
- 7.5ml Kirsch
- 22.5ml Dry vermouth
- 3 Dashes of strawberry syrup
- Maraschino cherry to garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
- Add all ingredients
- Shake vigorously
- Strain into a Martini glass
- Cocktail shaker
- Martini glass