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cocktails w/ rose syrup?

A sweet friend gave me a bottle of homemade rose syrup. Any suggestions for cocktails to use it in?

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  1. My first thought would be to sub it for Creme de Violette in an Aviation variation.

    1. I figured if any of my cocktail books would have a rose syrup in it, it would be one of my Hendrick's Gin ones (has rose in its botanicals). And I was not mistaken (although the majority of rose ones are rose water):

      Edinburgh Rose

      1 oz Hendrick's Gin
      4-6 fresh raspberries
      1 oz Lychee Juice
      1/2 oz Rose Cordial (Rose Syrup)

      Shake with ice and double strain into a Champagne flute. Top with Champagne and garnish with a fresh raspberry.

      Created by Roberto Valle of Whisky Mist at Zeta (London, UK).

      1. 50ml gin
        35ml lemon juice
        20ml simple syrup
        20ml rose syrup
        2 or 3 cardamon pods, crushed
        2 dashes orange bitters.

        Shake and fine strain, top with champagne.

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        1. re: Steve_K

          I assume that the cardamon was only lightly crushed/muddled, so that it wouldn't over power the drink?

          That sounds pretty tasty. Complex, floral, and herbal; without being too sweet.

        2. i don't know the exact recipe, because the bartender at little branch who invented it doesn't tell, but she makes a thing called the gershwin, which is gin and ginger with i believe a rinse of rose syrup/rose water and i dunno what else.

          1. Thanks everyone, these sound fantastic!

              1. re: YAYME

                I should expand my post.

                1 oz Tequila
                1 oz triple sec
                1 oz rose syrup
                1 squeezed lime

                Pour ingredients in shaker, shake vigorously with ice, for a minute. Then pour into glass and enjoy
                I rimmed my glass with sugar the first time. t was really tasty.

                1. re: YAYME

                  I was looking at Daniel website, and saw this drink...has anone tried making it,

                  I have a drink i like to make with hendricks lemon st germain and lemon - was wondering if it was worth getting rose syrup to give this a try

                  ROSE ROYALE
                  Hendricks Gin, Rose Syrup, Lemon Juice, Champagne

              2. instead of the kahlua in a white russian i put rose syrup xx

                1. Rose syrup is the same as rose water right?

                  A quick search on Mixology phone app turned up a lot of possibilities.

                  Here's some that sound nice:
                  -Bombay Sapphire Cupid : B.S. Gin, Champagne, Rose Water, lderflower syrup
                  -Gagliardo: Vodka, Galliano, Lemon juice, Rose Water
                  -Eden: Gin, campari, lemon juice, rose water
                  -Brown Eye: Rye Whiskey Amaretto, Rose Water

                  Please report back! I've only used rose water in deserts. I'm curious :)

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                  1. re: SourberryLily

                    Rose syrup is not the same as rose water. Rose syrup is made from making a tea from rose petals and then adding sugar. It has a medium rose flavor and aroma, and is very sweet.

                    Rose water is steam distilled rose petals in a water base. Intense essence of rose taste and aroma. No sweetness or sugar, just super concentrated rose.

                    So you can't just sub rose water for rose syrup. You can add a single dash of rose water to an oz. of simple syrup to make a quick rose syrup.

                  2. Tequila Sunrise

                    Mix Tequila and orange juice in your favorite ratio.

                    Pour over ice.

                    Add Rose's and don't stir so that it sinks to the bottom of the glass.

                    Tequila Sunrise.

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                    1. re: DoobieWah

                      You are talking about Rose's brand grenadine, not rose syrup.

                      1. I realize this post is old but in case anyone is searching for ways to use rose syrup still. These are my recommendations from a British indian influence.

                        White Russian Rose:
                        Vanilla Vodka + rose syrup
                        Add half and half and a touch of baileys

                        Indian spice Rose

                        Gin + rose syrup + a dash of Malibu + dash of gran mariner

                        Garnish with an orange , rose petals or mint leaves.
                        Non alcoholic:
                        Indian Pink Rose Chai

                        Brew a milk chai ( milk, black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, nut meg ,star anise) and add the rose syrup + crushed ice

                        Add baileys for an alcoholic version
                        Irish Rose

                        Guiness + rose syrup + baileys


                        white lotus

                        Milk + vanilla ice cream + Malibu + rose syrup

                        Pink lotus:

                        Vanilla vodka + rose syrup

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                        1. re: Samaya11

                          Those all sound a bit sweet and 1990's. It's a whole new millennium, and cocktails have progressed quite a bit beyond those ingredients. Come, join us in the cocktail renaissance.

                          What's with the whole add Baileys or Malibu thing? Both aren't that great a product.

                          1. re: JMF

                            Yes and yes. Very girly drinks. That's what was always "the classics" in the cabinet growing up and I haven't caught up with anything new.
                            It went like this: haig, Malibu, Smirnoff, crown royal, baileys, guiness, Asti Spumante, gran mariner and pimms.

                            Please link ir list your recommendations I would love to be more adventurous!

                            1. re: Samaya11

                              Those aren't girly drinks. Or classics. They are just poorly constructed drinks. I know many girls/women who appreciate fine cocktails. And guys who like a well balanced cocktail that may be pink or red or purple or green.

                              Here are a couple of links to some of my fellow cocktail writer friends and bartenders around the world. Have fun.