Wondering what to gift for Valentine's Day? This Valentine's Day cocktail from David and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson of 12 Bottle Bar combines two Valentine's Day staples: flowers and drinks.
When the Valentine’s question of “Alcohol or flowers?” comes up in our house, we reply, “Why not both? At the same time. In the same glass.” Maybe it’s just that we like to cut to the chase on romantic holidays, but it’s more likely the fact that there are few drinks we feel are more baum-chicka-baum-baum inducing than our Rosemond. The color is a burst of pink, the bouquet of pure rose, and the flavor is that of a botanical martini with a hint of sweetness.
We concocted the Rosemond a few years back with the intention of capturing a flower in a cocktail palette. The key to using something like rose in any ingestible form is to tread lightly. Too much – just like too much affection – can be cloying and off-putting. With cocktails and true love, seduction must be tempered by balance. Here, we control any potential soapiness in the rose component with a small dose of lemon juice. We don’t want to introduce a lemon or sour note; we just want to find the not-too-sweet spot.
The drink achieves its color from hibiscus-infused vermouth. The hibiscus adds a marginally tannic quality to the vermouth, but what it chiefly contributes is the gorgeous pink hue. The second DIY component is Rose Simple Syrup. When we first made the drink, we infused real rose petals, but adding a few drops of rose flower water and orange flower water (for depth) to rich simple syrup does the trick just fine.
This drink is a natural in the Tour Martini glass. And how much fun is it to serve candy hearts in a Heart Bowl?
Feeling puckish, we couldn’t help but repurpose the pieces from our Marble Tic-Tac-Toe Game Set to send some kisses and hugs. After all, Valentine’s Day is about the fun, right? And the booze and flowers. Can’t forget those.