Black Thorn Rose

Black Thorn Rose cocktail with gin, sloe gin, red wine aperitif, and rose syrup

The Black Thorn Rose from David Slape at PDT is a gin-forward, Martini-esque drink with just a kiss of sweetness from sloe gin and rose syrup.

Slape’s recipe calls for Lillet Rouge, a red wine apéritif that acts as a sweeter twist on vermouth. Dubonnet or Bonal would work well, too. The recipe also calls for Hendrick’s gin, a gin made with rose and other botanicals. It’s a perfect fit, of course – but the drink still has a good deal of charm with a regular ol’ London Dry.

Ingredients

Instructions

Stir all ingredients with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a rose petal if you’re feeling maudlin.

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