- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp crushed dried rose petals
- Lemon wedge
Rose Gin Tonic
- 1 oz Empress 1908 Gin
- ½ oz lichee syrup
- ½ tsp rosewater
- Tonic water (I love Fentiman's Valencian Orange Tonic Water)
Recipe created in the context of an Instagram partnership with Empress 1908 Gin.
To me, there is something so magical about shooting in nature. When Empress 1908 Gin offered me to create a festive cocktail to celebrate the arrival of spring, I was immediately inspired.
It was actually the starting point of elaborating this recipe.
How could I channel the essence of nature and botanicals into a cocktail?
I immediately thought: flowers. This year I have been more intentional about taking walks outside and noticing how the nature around me changes. And what have I noticed more than before? Flowers. How new ones come out every few weeks, following the flow of spring into late summer. How flowers are the most elegant beds for raindrops to rest on. How they attract bees and butterflies, creating elaborate living ecosystems.
And so through this cocktail, I wanted to celebrate nature. Its elegance, its beauty, its gentleness, and also its resilience (anyone who has seen how sunflowers move with the sun knows that).
This cocktail is fun, colourful, very floral, a little fizzy, and full of nuances. I really hope you like it!
When it comes to the ingredients used in this recipe, below are the ones I used.
For any modifications, refer to the Common Questions & Swaps section.
Granulated sugar: It is the base of the sugar rim that gives this cocktail a little extra elegance.
Crushed dried rose petals: They add a touch of colour to the glass and are a little foreshadowing of flavours of this cocktail.
Lemon wedge: I use it simply to help the sugar rim stick.
Ice: It is what helps turn the gin cold.
Empress 1908 Gin: With its botanical notes and stunning colour, this Canadian gin really brings life to this fizzy cocktail.
Lichee syrup: I use one from a local brand called Mr. Cocktail. I love its sweetness and light floral aroma.
Rosewater: I love baking with rosewater, but it was my first time using it in a cocktail. I find that it really brings out the floral notes of the gin and makes this drink extra summery.
Tonic water: I used it to give this cocktail its traditional gin tonic fizz.