Valentine’s Day recipes seem to be quite abundant these days! Valentine’s Day at my house usually involves some champagne, me dropping some heavy hints that somebody had better not come home empty handed, and a home-cooked meal.
This year, I thought it would be nice to include a recipe for a Valentine’s Day worthy cocktail. Raspberries are my favorite of all the berries, they scream Valentine’s Day, and if you have had a look at my Happy Hour section of this blog, you can tell that I am kind of obsessed with raspberry cocktails! So basically, it had to be a raspberry cocktail.
This gin rickey is infused with raspberries, lime juice and a subtle touch of rose water. Then, it is topped up with club soda. It is sweet, tart, citrussy, fizzy and has an ever so slight floral flavor. I think it is one of my favorite cocktails I’ve ever made!
This is the first time I’ve ever used rosewater (although you can be sure it will be showing up in future posts). I was quite surprised at how well the floral flavor complimented the raspberry. They don’t necessarily sound like they are going to go together, but trust me! They do! And don’t worry, the flavor is certainly not an overpowering floral flavor.
I found my rosewater in the ethnic foods section at the Canadian Superstore. Apparently it is fairly easy to find at Middle Eastern supermarkets. Also, you can make your own rosewater using rose petals, although you need to make sure that there are no chemicals applied to your rose petals before doing so.
If you absolutely cannot find rose water, it’s going to be okay. You can still make this cocktail! Raspberry + lime juice + gin is just a winning combination. The citrusy flavors of the gin and the lime juice pair perfectly with the raspberries. The rose water gives it extra pizazz for sure, but the cocktail will still work without it.
Recipe adapted slightly from Bon Appetit