Rose Cocktail – English Version of the Rose Cocktail

The oldest reference to the Rose cocktail I am able to find is from Robert Vermeire’s 1922 English cocktail book Cocktails and How to Mix Them He credits the invention of it to Sidney Knight in London at the Alhambra theatre (I have no idea who Sidney Knight is, nor could I find anything about him).

What sets the English version of this cocktail apart from the French (currant) and American (raspberry) is grenadine is used as the red fruit sweetener.

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Rose Cocktail – English Version

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Course: DrinksCuisine: British
Servings

1

servings
Calories

156

kcal
ABV

22%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the Rose cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp

  • Grenadine
  • 2 oz

  • Dry Vermouth
  • 1 oz

  • Kirschwasser

Directions

  • Add Ice To Mixing Glass and combine all ingredients in the mixing glass.
  • Stir the ingredients for 20 – 30 seconds to properly chill and dilute the drink.
  • Strain into glass.

Notes

Rose Cocktail – American Variation of the Rose Cocktail

So I won’t lie, I don’t have any real concrete evidence to point to this being the American version of the Rose recipe. Honestly the recipe for this cocktail is kinda all over the place. Older books cite just the French and English version and later ones add the American version. The recipes jump around between currant, 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 just mention the French and English version, more often than not, the French one is 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 absolutely right, but with all the time I have invested in trying to figure this out, this is the best I could come up with.

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Rose Cocktail – American Version

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

156

kcal
ABV

22%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the Rose cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp

  • Raspberry Syrup
  • 2 oz

  • Dry Vermouth
  • 1 oz

  • Kirschwasser

Directions

  • Add Ice To Mixing Glass and combine all ingredients in the mixing glass.
  • Stir the ingredients for 20 – 30 seconds to properly chill and dilute the drink.
  • Strain into glass.
  • Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Recipe Video

Notes

Polichinelle Cocktail – Original 1922 Robert Vermeire Recipe

This recipe come from Robert Vermeire and his 1922 book Cocktails and How to Mix Them. Written while he worked at the New York Embassy Club in London, this cocktail is named after the commedia dell’arte character Pulcinella. (Polichinelle is the French spelling of Pulcinella) This cocktail is pretty sweet but it also has a decent amount to alcohol in it. If you like porto then this is right up you alley.

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Polichinelle Cocktail – Original 1922 Robert Vermeire Recipe

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Course: DrinksCuisine: Italian
Servings

1

servings
Calories

254

kcal
ABV

17%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the Polichinelle cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz

  • Black Currant Liqueur
  • 2/3 oz

  • Kirschwasser
  • 1 oz

  • Soda Water

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients except for the soda water in a separate mixing glass with ice.
  • Stir and combine those ingredients.
  • Pour into the serving glass. Lastly add the soda water.

Notes

Straits Sling Cocktail – Original 1922 Robert Vermeire Recipe

This recipe come from Robert Vermeire and his 1922 book Cocktails and How to Mix Them. Written while he worked at the New York Embassy Club in London, this sling was developed around the same time as the more famous Singapore Sling.

The Straits Sling follows in the traditional Sling style more than the Singapore Sling. Slings were originally small strong drinks one would sling em’ back in the same way folks today shoot back shots. Either way both are great and if you pour this one over crushed ice it’s perfect.

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Straits Sling Cocktail – Original 1922 Robert Vermeire Recipe

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

245

kcal
ABV

26%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic Straits Sling Cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice

  • 1/2 oz Benedictine

  • 2 dashes Aromatic Bitters

  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters

  • 1/2 oz Kirschwasser

  • 2 oz Dry Gin

  • 1 oz Soda Water

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients except for the soda water in a shaker with ice.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Pour into the serving glass. Lastly add the soda water.

Notes

Rose Cocktail – French Version

What makes this the French version of the Rose is the use of currant as the sweetner. There are two versions of the Rose that come out of France in the late 1920s. The version in this app comes from the 1929 French cocktail book “Cocktails de Paris” by Georges Gabriel Thenon. The other is from “ABC of Mixing Cocktails” by Harry MacElhone of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris.

All Rose cocktails have the same structure. 1 part cherry brandy, 2 parts French vermouth, and 1 part some sweet red fruity liquid. In the French version of the Rose that the sweet red fruit is currant but Cocktails de Paris uses currant liqueur and ABC of Mixing uses currant syrup. ABC of Mixing Cocktails credits Johnny Milta from the Chatham bar in Paris for inventing this cocktail as does David A. Embury from “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks”.

Although if you look at the recipe in Embury’s book he claims the French one uses raspberry syrup but if you look at Thenon and MacElhone books’, they use currant. So who the hell knows what the truth is, they were all probably drunk or on drugs while they worked the bar.

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Rose Cocktail – French Version

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Course: DrinksCuisine: French
Servings

1

servings
Calories

156

kcal
ABV

25%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the Rose cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp

  • Cherry Liqueur
  • 2 oz

  • Dry Vermouth
  • 1 oz

  • Kirschwasser

Directions

  • Add Ice To Mixing Glass. Combine all ingredients in the mixing glass.
  • Stir the ingredients for 20 – 30 seconds to properly chill and dilute the drink.
  • Strain into glass.

Notes