Last Friday, I went on a cocktail crafting spree. It was just one of those Fridays where I needed to do something creative. Make a fancy cocktail, take some pictures of a fancy cocktail, edit pictures of fancy cocktails… you get the picture (
no pun intended). I made a deeeliciously boozy milkshake and then this immediately after. I wanted to start off a little easier on you all, so this was my first choice to post: a Cardamom Rose Gin & Tonic.
I don’t know about you, but rose and cardamom are two of my favorite things. I absolutely adore rosewater, and recently picked up this Royal Rose Simple Syrup at The Meadow a few weeks ago, desperately holding out to buy it for so long. It wasn’t until I was thumbing through my cocktail pin board looking for inspiration and something new to try that I came across this recipe from Design*Sponge that was posted several years ago. It literally was love at first sight.
Now I’ve never really been a huge fan of gin. I ordered a gin + tonic on my 21st and didn’t enjoy it very much. But I’ve always been intrigued by Hendricks, mostly because it’s infused with hints of cucumber and rose. I’ve always wanted to take the leap and invest in a bottle but was afraid I’d never drink it. Luckily, living right behind a liquor store has made it too terribly easy to convince myself to continually stock my liquor cart with a variety of spirits, so I went ahead and splurged a little. And boy, I’m so glad I did. I ended up really liking this. I now like gin. Thank you rose simple syrup, grapefruit, lemon, cardamom and bitters! You really made this into a wonderfully refreshing and floral summer drink. It’s just too good! I felt like someone at a fancy cocktail bar made this for me, but I made it all myself! And so can you!
Cardamom Rose Gin & Tonic
Slightly modified from Design*Sponge‘s Behind the Bar: Apothecary
Makes one 6-8oz cocktail
- dash of ground cardamom
- 1.5 oz of Hendrick’s gin
- .75 oz of rose syrup
- .25 oz of fresh lemon juice
- 1 oz fresh ruby red grapefruit
- 3 dashes of Peychauds bitters
- lemon/lime sparkling water or tonic water, to top off
- In a shaker, add all of the ingredients (except the sparkling water).
- Add several ice cubes.
- Shake for 20 seconds.
- Strain over fresh ice in glass.
- Add the sparkling water, to top.
- Garnish with a fresh lemon wedge. Voila!
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