Creative Cocktails Spirits Vol. 26 No. 02

For Valentine’s Day, A Different Kind of Rose


In the romance department, it’s a well-recorded fact that giving one’s sweetheart roses on Valentine’s Day is a thoughtful and romantic way to show affection.  Well, what if your honey is also a gin drinker? Is there a way to combine these two and give an extra special gift that shows you really know your flame and went the extra mile to consider their every need? With their newest release, the folks at Ireland’s Glendalough Distillery now say YES!

Enter Glendalough Rose Gin, a new botanical gin from one of the Emerald Isles’ most awarded spirits producers and 2021 Gin Distillery of the Year. Made with fruit, spices, botanicals, and flowers, including three types of roses – the rare and elusive Wild Rose from Ireland’s Wicklow mountains; large, fragrant Heritage Roses, and the ancient, prized Damask Rose – this delightful spirit is distilled slowly and gently to extract all the flavors and essential oils from these beautiful flowers and lend a unique pink hue to the gin. After a nose filled with aromatic spice and juniper, the palate shows notes of citrus and spice with floral notes and rose petals on the finish. SRP $29.99/750ml, Glendalough Rose Gin is available nationwide through retailers and online.

An excellent Gin for cocktails, here is a refreshing drink perfect for Valentine’s Day enjoyment:

The Hibiscus Rose

  • 1.5 oz Glendalough Rose Gin 
  • ½ oz Hibiscus Tea Syrup* 
  • ½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice 
  • Prosecco 
  • Dried Lemon Wheel 
  • Rose Petal 

METHOD: Pour the Rose Gin, Hibiscus Tea Syrup, and Lemon Juice into a shaker. Add ice and shake. Double strain into a coupe glass and top with prosecco. Garnish with a dried lemon wheel and rose petals on top. 

*To make Hibiscus Tea Syrup: Steep 7 Hibiscus tea bags in 1 liter of water for 15 minutes. Add 16 oz of sugar and stir until dissolved. If you don’t want to make your own, there are some quality options online.

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