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37 1/2 ml Gin, 12 1/2 ml Dry Vermouth, 12 1/2 ml Cherry Brandy
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
The Rose Cocktail is a classy number with a deep cherry flavour and a great colour – so top marks for presentation. This cocktail is quite boozy, so may not be for everyone, but if you like your mixed drinks strong this is a good option. The original Rose cocktail was first created in a Paris bar in the 1920s.
There are several variations of the Rose cocktail and if you look back to the last century and the Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, you will find a drink made with Grand Marnier and dry gin and stirred. There is also another Rose cocktail which is found in the International Bartenders Association and is known for its vibrant red hue, which arises from the addition of strawberry syrup.
When making this cocktail, there are several quality dry gins to choose from but we think that Martin Millers gin, which has a smooth finish and flavours of candied lemon peel and fresh oranges works best with this drink. For the cherry brandy element of the drink, which gives the Rose cocktail that sweet almond bite, we would recommend either Bols or LeRoux.