Rosy 21 Fizz I hear you ask. What’s that about then? Here is to twenty one years of being hooked up with Mr A and to at least another twenty one together. And to help us celebrate it, I got my cocktail shaker out and created this pretty fizz on the eve of our wedding anniversary. Cheers!
It’s pretty. It’s aromatic. It goes down really well. Nicely balanced and almost creamy with that foamy head. My inspiration behind this cocktail was a bunch of roses left in my kitchen from the weekend. Beautifully deep magenta in colour, their velvety petals with the intricate vein pattern looked so gloriously pretty in the morning sun. And their sweet, heady scent filled the room entirely. How often is it these days that the flowers look spectacular but actually smell of nothing? So disappointing if you ask me. But not these roses – they smelled enticing like a cusp of a promise delivered.
So I wanted to capture their essence in this cocktail. Their scent, their texture, their presence. And to have something special to fill our glasses with as we started our celebrations. So of course I reached out for my bottle of Lanique Rose, shade of which was a perfect match for these roses. And my gin trolley came in handy too but choosing which gin to use here wasn’t so easy… I decided on Kalevala gin for its clean taste with just enough complexity to enhance the rose. And Lillet Blanc for its sweetness and citrusy notes. So that was the basis of the cocktail that captured the roses scent and taste. Now for the velvety smooth texture of the rose petal…
A foamy head for softness achieved using an egg white that also adds almost velvety smoothness to each sip. Perfect. To bring it all together, a simple syrup and lemon juice. And a garnish of fresh and dried rose petals to up the flowery game. Served in wide champagne coupes and topped up with prosecco, this is a lovely celebratory drink that I certainly will be shaking more off and hoping to be clinking my glasses with Mr A for many more years to come! Here is the recipe.
- 60 ml of gin
- 30 ml of Lanique Rose
- 45 ml of Lillet Blanc
- 30 ml of fresh lemon juice
- 10 ml of simple syrup
- 1 egg white
- Prosecco to top up and plenty of ice
Do chill your glasses beforehand in the freezer.
Add the alcohol, lemon juice, syrup and egg white to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for few minutes. You want the mixture to froth up as essential you are mixing the cocktail and creating the foamy head at the same time.
After a few minutes, remove the top of the shaker and add plenty of ice to the shaker, cover and shake again for a few minutes. You might find your arm a little tired after all of this shaking but hey, practice makes perfect and the end result is so worth it!
Pour the cocktail through a strainer into your prepared glasses and top up with Prosecco. Garnish with rose petals and voilà, Rosy 21 Fizz is ready to be served. Take your time to enjoy its scent and feel. But most of all, enjoy the person you are drinking this with. Cheers from #aniaskitchen