Rose Water Gin & Tonic


As a toner, Rose Water can do wonders for the face, so if we can put it on our faces surely it means we can drink it. We’re not the first ones to think of this, botany and booze go hand in hand, and Rose Water in cocktails ain’t nothin’ new. When making very herbal-esque cocktails Gin is usually the go-to and the easiest to flavor, let’s dive in.


Gin and tonics are quite boring, we’re not going to dive into that, they’re easy to customize and come in many variations. Everyone usually adds lime, lemon, or citrus to make it something more. In this case, when Rose Water is used, it can go one of two ways.

Firstly, we’d suggest using Henricks Gin as it already is said to contain rose petals in it. We say this due to the fact that in the recipe you’re not using a lot of rose water, the taste can be overpowering and much too close to grandma’s perfume. That’s all dependant on the way you want your drink to taste.

If you’re super into Rose Water- distill it like this: Store rose petals in a jar filled with distilled water, steep them in some sun for 2 days. Or buy it made at a store. How much are you trying to impress this person, really?

A Brief History:

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So who was the silly person who thought to drink roses? Turns out we are a little late to this party. As history would have it was born in Iran with more than 18,000 other types of roses, Iranians called the plant the "flower of prophet Muhammad" because they believed that’s what he smelled like.

Muslim chemists first commercialized rosewater production during their Golden Age, but at this point, it was mainly for perfumes. Then the transition came where Rosewater became common in Persian and Indian cuisine, eventually making its way to our drinking cups, the benefits have never been a secret.

Rosa damascene is used for rose water and rose essential oil. It's believed to have numerous medicinal benefits and has been used as an analgesic, bronchodilator, anti-convulsive, anti-microbial and as an anti-inflammatory.

Some health experts even claim drinking it aids with colds, flu, and sore throats. It may have something called the “bronchodilator effect” which helps with breathing illnesses.

Now more commonly used as a facial toner, drinking rose water to hydrate the skin from the inside is even more efficient!

Before we decided to consume it, Rosewater was traditionally scattered at weddings to ensure

a happy marriage and as a symbol of love and purity used in meditation and prayer.

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Random Fact:

The raw distillate of rose petals is really a layer of oil known as rose attar that is typically used in perfumes floating on top of a water layer.

This is the actual rosewater.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this simple but fun Valentine’s Day themed cocktail, let us know if you try it! What color did it come out? Follow us on Instagram for more!

Thanks for reading, and as always…

Cheers from,

Happy Hour City