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The simple touch of rose can take the average martini to a new level filled with delightful and gentle floral notes. I developed this cocktail for a friend's birthday using the summer gardens as inspiration and it is a great addition to any outdoor party. An afternoon get-together amid the blossoms is perfectly complemented by this martini.
You can also consider mixing it for that special someone for Valentine's Day or an anniversary, or for the date you hope to impress. What could be more romantic than sipping a rose-inspired drink? It even puts a chocolate martini to shame. Select your partner's favorite color of roses to present a single bud or an extravagant dozen along with the cocktail.
While I prefer one of the newer, lighter styles of gin like Hendrick's, I have also made this using vodka and it tastes just as good. The rose flavor is obtained by simply using a rose-infused simple syrup, which you can easily make at home and store for use as an alternative to plain syrup in other cocktails.
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes.
Add a few dashes of grapefruit (or orange) bitters.
Garnish with a rose petal or lemon twist.
The rose-infused simple syrup is the only ingredient that can be more difficult to source. You will need rose water to make it. Rose water is used in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine and can be found at a specialty market, natural food store (such as Whole Foods or Trader Joe's), or an international market. You will need to make sure it is made for use in food and not for cosmetic use. Then it is simply a matter of heating the rose water with sugar and water to make a rose-infused simple syrup.
If you have your own rose garden you could even lend your hand to making your own rose water. As long as your roses are free of pesticides, you can make an herbal extract of the rose oil and rose water. However, it is a long process and you'll either feel very satisfied with your handiwork or wish you had just bought it ready-made and used your roses for the garnish and bouquets.
Certainly, before you go too far with the rose martini plans, check to see if any of your guests have an allergy to roses. While a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, for some the flower will set off a bout of sneezing, congestion, and nose-blowing.