So I won’t lie; I don’t have any objective, concrete evidence to point to this being the American version of the Rose recipe. Honestly, the recipe for this cocktail is all over the place. Older books cite just the French and English versions, and later ones add the American version. The recipes are current, grenadine (pomegranate), cherry, and raspberry. So here is an explanation of why I broke the three up the way I did:
• Older books only mention the French or English version and they only mention currant or grenadine as the sweetener.
• I don’t see raspberry pop up until folks start mentioning an American version.
• Of the older books that mention the French and English versions, the French one is often associated with currant.
With that information, I figured my best bet was to associate French with currant, English with grenadine, and American with raspberry. Not to say I am right, but with all the time I have invested in figuring this out, this is the best I could come up with.
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