Ah, to be swathed in pink and living in France, where you can gaze upon the world from the banks of the Seine through rose-colored glasses. A nice life, no? That’s the life that you get a glimpse of when you drink this cocktail. The Rose is lightly pink and fully French, a dryer drink with notes of red fruit and a lower ABV that feels both sophisticated and festive. It is a suave party in a coupe glass. You likely won’t make it often—unless you are keen on keeping kirschwasser (a dry cherry brandy), raspberry syrup, and dry French vermouth well stocked on the bar cart—but when you do make it, it’ll be a treat. Think a romantic evening, or anytime Paris is on the mind.
A Little Background
As we mentioned, the Rose is French. Parisian, to be exact. It was invented there around 1920 by a barman stationed at the Chatham Hotel, Johnny Mitta, and it became a knockout hit in the city during that decade. Other things popular in Paris as the ’20s roared ahead—les années folles, or the crazy years, as the French say—included: the writings of Ernest Hemingway, the paintings of Picasso, and the performances of Josephine Baker. It was not a bad time to be alive. A hundred years later, the cocktail is rarely spotted and our metropolitan fervor feels near exhaustion. Perhaps drinking a Rose will revive the ghost.
If You Like This, Try These
Other cocktails that capture that Parisian flavor—but don’t have much else in common with each other, besides the buzz—include the Boulevardier, the Sidecar, the Barbatoge, and, naturally, a French 75. And then, there are cocktails that speak to romance, much like the Rose seems to. We’ve collected those here.
What You Need
Here’s what you need to do a Rose justice, beyond what you might be able to dig out of the fridge or cupboard.
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Source : Esquire