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Rose Water Gin Spritz

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The Rose Water Gin Spritz is a contemporary take on the classic spritz cocktail, known for its refreshing and effervescent qualities. This drink stands out with its unique blend of floral and citrus notes, creating a delicate yet invigorating experience.

I think I should start with a little history behind this Rose Water Gin Spritz recipe. The spritz cocktail actually has its roots in the Austro-Hungarian Empire of the 19th century. That’s right, it goes back centuries! However, by the 20th century, the spritz had become a popular aperitif in Northern Italy. Traditionally, a spritz is made with a combination of white wine or Prosecco, a bitter liqueur like Aperol or Campari, and sparkling water, served over ice with a slice of orange. This recipe definitely takes a big turn from the original, so let’s get into it!

The base spirit in the Rose Petal Gin Spritz, gin, is known for its botanical profile, often dominated by juniper berries but also featuring notes of citrus, coriander, and various floral elements. In this cocktail, gin provides a complex backdrop, layering the drink with nuanced flavors that complement the rose and lemon elements.

Lemon juice introduces a bright, acidic component. Its zesty and tangy characteristics cut through the sweetness, adding a refreshing and invigorating dimension that is crucial for the balance of the cocktail.

Simple syrup, a mixture of sugar and water, adds sweetness to balance the tartness of the lemon juice and the bitterness of the gin. Its neutral flavor ensures that it does not overshadow the other ingredients, instead, it seamlessly integrates into the cocktail, enhancing its overall palatability.

Getting into the rose component of this cocktail is crucial. A few drops of rose water bring an elegant floral note to the Rose Water Gin Spritz. This ingredient is key in differentiating this cocktail from a traditional spritz. Rose water’s subtle yet distinct flavor imbues the drink with a sense of charm.

After stirring these ingredients together directly in a rocks glass, we’re topping things of with club soda. The addition of club soda is what classifies this drink as a spritz. It adds effervescence, lightness, and dilution, making the cocktail more approachable and refreshing. The carbonation also helps to lift and marry the flavors of the gin, lemon, and rose water.

Lastly, the garnish compliments the existing notes within the cocktail itself. We have a rose petal sitting on top of the glass and a skewered lemon slice accompanying it.

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Step 1: Fill a rocks glass with ice, pour in the gin, simple syrup, lemon juice and rose water.⁠

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Step 2: Stir gently with a bar spoon to evenly combine ingredients.⁠

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Step 3: Top off the glass with chilled club soda.⁠

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Step 4: Garnish with a rose petal and lemon skewer.⁠

The Rose Water Gin Spritz is a citrusy, floral take on the long-time classic: the Spritz. This is a recipe that is both complex yet refreshing, making it a lovely cocktail to enjoy over a relaxing weekend. But don’t take my words for it, mix it up and try for yourself!

Rose Water Gin Spritz

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  1. Step 1 – Fill a rocks glass with ice, pour in the gin, simple syrup, lemon juice and rose water.⁠
  2. Step 2 – Stir gently with a bar spoon to evenly combine ingredients.⁠
  3. Step 3 – Top off the glass with chilled club soda.⁠
  4. Step 4 – Garnish with a rose petal and lemon skewer.⁠

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