The weather is changing. It’s getting colder by the day. Which narrows the margin on me feeling like a delicious and refreshing, pretty, little Rose’. Now, my Sommelier friends and a few others, will all argue with me that any time is a good time for a tasty Rose’. What’s not to love about a bouquet of berries and aroma of flowers. But, I have an opinion too. It taste far better in some gorgeous, sunny weather on a deck or by the pool then any other time of year. So, no, you won’t catch me personally, cracking a bottle as the rain starts in and hair-do’s are pointless. Not on purpose anyway. There are a few lovely days still in contention here in the PNW. That leaves time for a couple more trysts and time with that amazing little pink drink. Unless, I take that winter dream trip to France. Universe, are you listening? No wasting time, make these as soon as possible as a final farewell to sunny weather. Here are some fun little recipes before you have to button up…getting cracking!
ROSE’ GIN COCKTAIL
12 ounces Rose’
12 ounces Ruby Red Grapefruit juice
6 ounces Gin
6 edible flowers (givingplants.com- Edible Flower Kit- Pansy. Purple and Pink are the prettiest in this)
- Combine 6 ounces of Rose’, 6 ounces of Grapefruit juice, 3 ounces of Gin, and ice in a shaker. Shake well, until chilled. Strain and divide cocktail among 3 stemmed cocktail coupe cocktail glasses or Champagne flutes. Repeat.
- Garnish with those gorgeous flowers or berries and serve immediately.
Rose’ Gin Cherry Bomb
3/4 cup Sugar
3/4 cup Water
1 cup Fresh, thawed frozen sour cherries or canned brandied Italian or Bing Cherries
16 ounces Dry Gin
1/2 cup Fresh Lemon Juice ( about 4 medium lemons)
1 bottle (750 ml) cold Dry Rose’
Lemon Slices and cherries for garnish
- Make a simple syrup by bringing sugar and water to a boil and simmer in a small pot, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. You can refrigerate this for up to two weeks and make ahead for a party.
- Combine syrup, cherries, and gin in a pitcher and refrigerate until chilled at least 2 hours and up to 6 ahead of time. Stir in lemon juice and Rose’, then lemon and Ice just before serving. Garnish with lemon slices and Cherries (pitted).
Serves roughly 8-10 people. Serve in a stem less wine glasses or cocktail glasses.
Then enjoy, it’s only a couple of more months until we all see each other again!