Rose Cocktail Recipe

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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 Rose cocktail is a classic French cocktail that dates back to the 1920s. It was first created at the famous Chatham Hotel in Paris and quickly gained popularity among the fashionable crowd. The Rose cocktail is known for its delicate and sophisticated taste, making it a favorite among those who appreciate fine cocktails.

  • The Chatham Hotel was a popular destination for American expats during the Prohibition era
  • The Rose cocktail is often associated with romance and elegance
  • It is said to have been a favorite of famous French writer and bon vivant, Marcel Proust

How Rose Tastes?

The Rose cocktail has a delicate and floral taste, with a hint of sweetness from the raspberry syrup. It is light and refreshing, with a subtle complexity from the combination of vermouth and cherry brandy. The finish is crisp and clean, leaving a pleasant aftertaste.

Interesting facts about Rose

  • The Rose cocktail is sometimes referred to as 'The French Connection' due to its origin and popularity among the French elite
  • The cocktail is traditionally served in a chilled coupe glass, which helps to preserve its delicate flavors and aromas
  • The Rose cocktail is often garnished with a fresh raspberry or a twist of lemon peel to enhance its visual appeal and add a touch of freshness


Dry Vermouth

Vermouth, with its complex botanicals, is the backbone that provides an aromatic complexity to our Rose cocktail. At 1.5 oz, it's just enough to assert its presence, but not overwhelm - after all, a delicate rose doesn't roar. Miss it out? You'd have a less dimensional drink, flatter than a crepe in Paris. An alternative could be dry white wine, but expect a less complex flavor.

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Cherry Brandy

Cherry brandy, at 0.5 oz, acts like the charismatic friend who makes every party better. This adds depth with a whisper of sweetness and a hint of dark fruit flavor. Without it, the cocktail would miss a certain je ne sais quoi, making it resemble a rose without its color. An apple brandy could step in, but it'll lead us to a differently-themed garden party.

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Raspberry Syrup

Half an ounce of raspberry syrup isn't just there for its good looks. It offers a berry burst and just enough sugar to take the edge off the tart lemon juice. Skip it, and you'll have a drink as balanced as a one-legged flamingo. A swap could be strawberry syrup, though you'll be drawing with a slightly different shade of red.

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Lemon Juice

The 0.5 oz of lemon juice is the zing in your swing, putting the sparkle in our Rose. It cuts through sweetness and harmonizes the cocktail—if the band loses its drummer, the rhythm's off. Lemon's hard to replace, but lime could fill its shoes with a touch more tang.

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Recipe. How to make Rose Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add 1.5 oz of dry vermouth, 0.5 oz of cherry brandy, 0.5 oz of raspberry syrup, and 0.5 oz of lemon juice
  3. Shake well until chilled and well combined
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass
  5. Garnish with a fresh raspberry or a twist of lemon peel

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure all ingredients are well combined
  • Always use fresh lemon juice for the best taste
  • Chill the glass before serving to keep the cocktail cold longer

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Platters: Soft, creamy cheeses like brie or camembert.
  • Seafood Dishes: Light fare such as shrimp cocktail or smoked salmon.
  • Fruit Plates: Fresh fruit like strawberries or peaches that complement the cocktail's berry notes.


  • Chocolate Desserts: Dark or white chocolate treats can balance the fruity tartness.
  • Berry Tarts: A raspberry tart would echo the cocktail's primary flavors.
  • Lemon Cakes: Sweets with a citrus note to match the lemon in the drink.

Non-Alcoholic Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips.
  • Iced Tea: A fruity or floral tea without sugar would pair nicely.

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What you could change in Rose

  • Dry Vermouth: Can be substituted with white wine
  • Cherry Brandy: Can be substituted with regular brandy and a dash of cherry syrup
  • Raspberry Syrup: Can be substituted with grenadine for a different flavor profile

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Black Rose

  • Ingredients: Substitute black raspberry liqueur (Chambord) for the raspberry syrup.
  • Recipe: Similar steps, but with Chambord providing a richer berry note and deeper color.
  • Flavor: Expect a more sophisticated, slightly boozy berry profile, fit for a noir film setting.

Sparkling Rose

  • Ingredients: Top with Prosecco after straining into a glass.
  • Recipe: Follow the same steps, then add a splash of sparkling Prosecco for a bubbly finish.
  • Flavor: The drink becomes a celebratory affair, dancing with effervescence that tickles the tongue.

Thornless Rose

  • Ingredients: Use non-alcoholic spirits and syrup for a mocktail version.
  • Recipe: Shake the non-alcoholic spirits, cherry syrup, and lemon juice. Strain and serve.
  • Flavor: All the floral and fruity notes minus the buzz, perfect for a garden brunch without the sacrifice to sobriety.

In case you forgot basics how to make 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.

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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 Rose

What is the best time to enjoy the Rose cocktail?

The Rose cocktail is ideal for late afternoon and early evening occasions, commonly enjoyed during aperitif hours or romantic dinners.

Why is it called the Rose cocktail?

The cocktail got its name from its elegant and delicate nature that mirrors the characteristics of a rose, as well as its beautiful pink hue.

What other fruits can be used as garnish for the Rose cocktail?

Aside from raspberries and lemon peel, strawberries or a cherry can also be used as garnishes to add visual appeal and extra flavor.

Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh?

Fresh lemon juice is always recommended for cocktails to achieve the best flavor, but if unavailable, bottled lemon juice can be used as a substitute.

What are the common food pairings with the Rose cocktail?

The Rose cocktail pairs well with light starters, seafood dishes or desserts that aren't too sweet. Its refreshing taste compliments both rich and subtle flavored dishes.

Can the Rose cocktail be prepared in advance for parties or events?

Yes. You can mix all the ingredients in advance, except the ice. It's best to shake with ice and garnish just before serving to ensure freshness and avoid dilution.

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