Since we will all be cooped-up in our homes this Valentine’s Day, might as well make it a fancy one at home, with a specially themed cocktail! Keep it romantic and fun without leaving home with this delicious, rose-coloured and flavoured cocktail.
I must admit that I am not the cocktail queen. Many of my drink recipes come from Melina and her husband who are what I like to call “professional home mixologists”. Every time we go over for a dinner party or BBQ, they are always shaking up something delicious. Often times her husband Guillaume will hand me a drink and tell me what’s in it, and I’ll reply “but I don’t like gin” – to which he says “just try it, I know you’ll like it”. Low and behold, I try it and I like it – despite apparently not “liking” gin.
They are always experimenting with different flavours, cool liqueurs and fun bitters – something that Franco and I are not as innovative with. So when it comes to cocktails at Home With Gabby, I turn it over to Melina and she blows it out of the water – specially with this one.
I named it “La Vie En Rose” not to be cheesy, but rather to be pun-y. Since the base of this cocktail includes a rose gin, and considering the holiday it was created for, it felt appropriate and cute.
There is something I love so much about a foamy cocktail. This is why I would say not to skip on the egg white in this recipe. It is entirely necessary to create the beautiful foam that you see. And rest-assured that it is safe to consume!
The delicate topping of dried rose petals is entirely optional, but makes for a fancy added touch! I buy them on Amazon and keep them in my pantry for drinks and other DIY projects (I linked it in the recipe).
Turn on the romance with this delicious concoction – play some Sade, shuck some oysters, and make it the perfect fancy night in! Or, shake one up for a fun galentine’s zoom night!
“La Vie En Rose” Valentine’s Day Cocktail
- Cocktail shaker
- 1 oz St-Germain liqueur (this is an elderflower liqueur – link in notes)
- 2 oz rose gin (I used Dillons – link in notes)
- 3-4 drops orange bitter (I use Dillons – link in notes)
- 2 oz pomegranate juice
- 1 oz egg white (egg white from 1 large egg)
- Dried rose petals (optional for garnishing – link in notes)
- Combine all ingredients other than the ice into a cocktail shaker.
- Close the shaker and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds.
- Add in the ice to the shaker, close once more, and shake vigorously for another 15-20 seconds.
- Strain into a coupe or low-ball glass and top with a sprinkle of rose petals.
- I would not suggest omitting the egg whites for this recipe – this is what creates the delicious foam at the top – the egg whites are safe to ingest raw, not to worry.
- All of these alcohols and bitters are readily available at your local SAQ, and I have added links below.