Help me streamline this drink
A few days ago, I made a drink I'm calling the Rose_anon after a rose syrup loving Anonymous commenter on another message board. Now I know I have sweet tooth, and I'm trying to make this drink a bit more complex and 'adult tasting.'
Here is the original recipe.
1/2 jigger of dry gin (I think)
a generous teaspoon of rose water syrup
1/4 teaspoon of homemade maraschino cherry juice (elements include: sugar, maraschino liqueur, cherries, and vanilla)
a half cup of lemonade.
An egg white
I dry shake for a minute and then pour.
and finally I hit it with a blast of a carbonation gun.
What do you suggest?
Like to help but...
What do you mean by jigger? What's that in oz. or ml.?
Tell us about the rose water syrup? Home made or commercial? Recipe?
Mixing unknown measures in a recipe makes it impossible to really troubleshoot. Is that teaspoon measured with a measure, or just a regular spoon. Same for 1/2 cup.
Blast with a carbonation gun?
Not knowing the exact details, the one thing I would add is a fruit or citrus bitters. Lots of good commercial ones out there.
If you want a gin based rose cocktails here are my suggestions, just off the top of my head.
2 oz. floral gin
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. Combier liqueur de RoseOR
.5 oz. homemade cherry syrup
.25 - .5 oz. simple syrup
1/8 tsp. rose water
1-2 dashes floral or citrus bitters
(or 1 dash Angostura bitters and 1 dash Angostura Orange bitters)
Shake on ice and double/fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Or strain into a collins glass, add 2 oz. seltzer, and top with ice.
Agree about gin, but it's hard to have less dairy since it has none.
I would follow the Aviation template, using your cherry and rose water syrups. Similar to what JMF suggested. Your egg white and carbonation won't hurt, but the template doesn't need them.
Nothing good comes from mixing with lemonade. The function of lemon is to add acidty. Lemonade has sugar (which usually comes from other ingredients, like your syrups), and water, which comes from the melted ice).
Did a new version of the cocktail with Booker's gin, Maraschino liqueur and heavy cream. There was to little rose water syrup which ruined the flavor. I used the juice of a lemon and seltzer. But the texture is nice and it is a little drier then the original.
I will keep tweaking it!