English Rose Martini Cocktail: A pleasantly patriotic tipple
It has occurred to me that I haven’t shared a cocktail recipe on my blog for quite a while. It’s not that I haven’t been mixing up and enjoying cocktails, but my YouTube channel has rather taken over my life. I am determined to get back on the cocktail recipe wagon though, so I thought I’d share this luscious tipple with you that I mixed up back in July when England’s men faced off against Italy’s in the Euro 2020 football finals.
Feeling rather patriotic, I thought that a quintessentially English cocktail was called for. My mind immediately turned to a Martini with London Dry gin, and what gin is more British than Beefeater? After a little hunting around though, I found a nice sounding twist on the traditional martini. Alongside the usual gin and dry vermouth, some apricot brandy, a dash of grenadine was added with some lemon juice to balance the sweetness.
I went a little easy on the grenadine and upped the gin a little as I don’t like my martinis too sweet. The resulting English Rose Martini was a beautiful pink blush colour. As my highly fragranced roses were still in full bloom, I thought it only appropriate to float a couple of rose petals on the top of my concoction to add an extra layer of aromatics to this lovely dessert cocktail. And Hey Presto! I had my tipple to see me through the match… okay, maybe just the first half.
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ENGLISH ROSE MARTINI COCKTAIL RECIPE
2 measures gin
1 measure apricot brandy
1 measure dry vermouth
½ measure fresh lemon juice
1 tsp grenadine
Maraschino cherry and rose petals to garnish
Pour the gin, apricot brandy, dry vermouth, lemon juice and grenadine into an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into chilled cocktail glass, drop in a cocktail cherry and float a couple of rose petals on the top. Sip gracefully with your pinkie up.