rose martini

Summer Botanical Cocktails: Rose Martini

Roses are red, violets are blue, and a rose colored martini is the perfect summer cocktail for me and you!

“The Martini… implies glamour, style, and edgy wit. Without prejudice, it plays muse to heroes, hedonists, rascals, and poets.”  – The Little Black Book of Martinis

Well, um, we sort of identify with all those things! We are super glam, totally stylish, and our wit is pretty much never-ending. Hero – why not. Hedonist – sure. Rascal – big time. Poet – see above. Hence, we were beyond excited to come across Jacinta Moore‘s recipe for a Rose Martini on the always inspiring Design Sponge.  This delightful concoction is garnished with one of our favorite blooms, and features infused vodka, hints of chocolate and vanilla care of white crème de cacao, and a touch of sweetness thanks to rose water.  With all the amazing garden roses in our studio right now, this delectable libation seemed perfectly timed. So, without further ado, we give you a glorious, rose-topped summer cocktail to kick off your weekend….

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Here’s what you need…


1 1/2 oz vodka (plain or vanilla-infused/flavored)

1 oz white crème de cacao

1/4 oz rose water

Small pieces of Turkish Delight or rose petals for garnish

1 drop rose food color

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And here’s how you do it…

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice.
  2. Add the vodka, crème de cacao, rose water, and food color.
  3. Shake!
  4. Pour!
  5. Garnish!
  6. Drink!

It’s beautiful, delicious, and we cannot get enough!

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Before you go crazy and dive right in, allow us to share a couple additional helpful tips so you don’t go on a wild goose chase for ingredients. We wouldn’t want you to be unable to track something down, completely freak out, and end up not making this dreaminess!

  • White crème de cacao can also be found at most liquor stores, and there are numerous brands to choose from including Potter’s, Hiram Walker,DeKuype®, and Jacquin’s.
  • Rose water can be found at your local Whole Foods or specialty market; and is also available at most liquor stores. And if you are feeling particularly crafty, you can also make your own.
  • Vanilla flavored vodkas by folks like Absolut®  and SMIRNOFF® are available pretty much anywhere you can buy regular vodka, but if you want to be just like Jacinta Moore, you can also make your own vanilla-infused vodka. Here’s how:

Pour plain vodka into a glass, lidded bottle (or go ahead and use the bottle it came in); add 1 vanilla bean and the peel from one lime. Close the bottle and let infuse anywhere from a few days 7-10 days, storing in a cool dark place. Gently shake every other day in order to ensure the flavors disperse in the alcohol. 

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OK, friends, NOW you’re ready! Go ahead and kick off the weekend with a rosy martini. You’re gonna love it. You’re just simply gonna love it!

Thanks so much again to the amazing Jacinta Moore for the recipe and gorgeous photos, and to Design Sponge for publishing it all in the first place.

If you’ve missed our Summer Botanical Cocktail series until now, go ahead and catch up with our previous posts with recipes for Lemon Jello Shots, Rosé Slushies, Lavender Martinis, and Bellini Popsicles. Happy summer-ing!

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*Jacinta Moore is a freelance photographer and stylist based in Melbourne, Australia. She is also a gardener, a baker, a blogger and a student. She recently returned from six months of studying and traveling in Europe. We heart her.




Toby Kassoy, was born and raised in Southern California. In her college years she went up to Eugene Oregon, where she first fell in love with floristry. Upon returning to Los Angeles, she spent 8 years working in the Entertainment industry, while all along, flowers were always tugging on her heartstrings. In 2004 she decided to leave her corporate job and open Lilla Bello, aptly named after the beautiful lilac bushes she remembers outside her kitchen window in Oregon.

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