Dusty Rose Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:22

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Dusty Rose cocktail is a classic drink with a rich history dating back to the early 20th century. It was first created in the famous Savoy Hotel in London and quickly gained popularity among the high society of the time. This elegant and sophisticated cocktail is perfect for those who appreciate the finer things in life.

  • The Dusty Rose was a favorite among the British aristocracy
  • It has been featured in numerous classic cocktail books, including the renowned Savoy Cocktail Book
  • The drink's name is derived from its beautiful rose-colored hue

How Dusty Rose Tastes?

The Dusty Rose is a delicate and well-balanced cocktail with a subtle sweetness, floral notes, and a hint of tartness. It has a smooth, velvety texture and a refreshing, light finish.

Interesting facts about Dusty Rose

  • The Dusty Rose is often served at high-end events and parties due to its elegant presentation and sophisticated flavor profile
  • The cocktail's rose color is achieved through the use of grenadine, which also adds a touch of sweetness
  • The Dusty Rose is sometimes garnished with a rose petal, adding to its romantic and luxurious appeal


A few good options for Dusty Rose are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

Learn everything on which Gin to choose


The backbone of our Dusty Rose, gin brings a distinct botanical complexity that's crucial for the cocktail's character. The 2 oz serve is just perfect - not too boozy, but enough to give a warm hug. Without it? Well, you’d have something of an egg lemonade—a story no one is interested in.

Mary Mitkina

Lemon Juice

It's all about that zesty splash of brightness! 0.75 oz is the citrus sweet spot, ensuring you get a refreshing yet balanced tartness. Skip this, and you'll have a sad, flat gin and grenadine concoction, missing the sparkle of life.

Alex Green


This pomegranate syrup adds sweet, crimson joy to our cocktail. At 0.5 oz, we keep it just sweet enough without turning into a sugary overkill. Ditch the grenadine and you'll omit a pinky promise of sweetness and color that gives our Dusty Rose its signature blush.

Emma Rose

Egg White

Our frothy friend! The egg white gives the Dusty Rose a silky mouthfeel and that lovely foam top. Using one egg white does the trick—a Goldilocks-approved measure. Forget it and you're dismissing the cocktail's fluffy cumulus cloud. Nobody wants a cloudless cocktail.

Mary Mitkina

Angostura Bitters

Just a couple of dashes throws in a complexity that binds our liquid tapestry together. Go without the bitters, and you're missing that hint of spice that whispers secrets of depth and intrigue into your drink.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Dusty Rose Drink

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the following ingredients:
    • 2 oz gin
    • 0.75 oz lemon juice
    • 0.5 oz grenadine
    • 1 egg white
    • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  2. Dry shake (without ice) for about 10 seconds to emulsify the egg white
  3. Add ice to the shaker and shake again for another 10-15 seconds
  4. Double strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass
  5. Garnish with a rose petal or a lemon twist, if desired

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure the egg white is fully emulsified
  • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor
  • Chill your glass before serving to keep the cocktail cold for longer

Perfect Pairings


  • Charcuterie Board: A classic charcuterie board with a range of savory meats, cheeses, and nuts would complement the botanical notes of gin and tanginess of the lemon juice.
  • Salmon: A light, citrusy dish like grilled salmon would be a lovely match for the Dusty Rose cocktail's crisp and citrusy profile.
  • Desserts: Try it with lemon tarts or raspberry sorbet to mirror the cocktail's sweet and tart balance.


  • Sparkling Water: Keep it simple with some sparkling water on the side to cleanse the palate between sips without overshadowing the cocktail's flavors.

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What you could change in Dusty Rose

  • Vodka can be used instead of gin for a different flavor profile
  • Lime juice can be substituted for lemon juice if desired
  • If you don't have grenadine, a simple syrup with a dash of red food coloring can be used

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And of course - twists🍹

Dusty Pink Pepper

  • Substitute the grenadine with pink peppercorn syrup
  • The subtlety of pepper adds a surprising kick and a unique twist
  • Recipe is the same, just with the peppercorn syrup creating a different nuance
  • A daring choice for those looking to spice things up a bit

Rosemary's Dusty Rose

  • Add a sprig of rosemary to the cocktail shaker before shaking
  • The rosemary enhances the gin’s herbal notes and adds a piney fragrance
  • Garnish with a small rosemary sprig to elevate the sensory experience
  • This herbaceous twist brings the garden to your glass

Hibiscus Dust

  • Swap out the grenadine for hibiscus syrup
  • Adds a floral dimension and a deeper crimson color
  • The hibiscus gives a tart, berry-like flavor, making for an elegant twist
  • Perfect for those who crave a floral note in their cocktails

In case you forgot basics how to make Dusty Rose

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Dusty Rose

What is the specialty of a coupe glass in serving cocktails?

Coupe glasses are stemmed and have a wide, shallow bowl. They are designed to hold cocktails and give an elegant presentation. They also allow the aromas of the drink to reach your nose.

What does dry shaking mean in cocktail making?

Dry shaking means to shake the ingredients in a cocktail shaker without ice. This is typically done with cocktails that contain egg whites in order to emulsify the whites, creating a foam or froth. After the dry shake, ice is added for a second 'wet' shake.

What other bitters can I use if I don’t have Angostura bitters?

Orange bitters or Peychaud's Bitters can be used as a substitute for Angostura Bitters. Each provides distinctive flavors so the taste of your cocktail will slightly change.

What are some other cocktails that use gin as a main ingredient?

There are numerous cocktails with gin as the main ingredient, including the Martini, Tom Collins, Negroni, and Gin Fizz.

Why should I chill my glass before serving the cocktail?

Chilling your glass before serving keeps your cocktail colder for a longer period of time. Since a cocktail is typically served without ice, a chilled glass is key to preventing the cocktail from becoming warm too quickly.

What is the alcohol content of gin?

The alcohol content of gin typically ranges from 37.5% to 47%, but it can be higher depending on the brand and variety.

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