Rose water martini

This rose water martini is a beautiful cocktail, strong and classic – bursting with gorgeous sweet delicate rose flavor. If you love the flavor of rose as much as we do, you’ll also enjoy our 10 delicious rose water cocktails, and you will love the abundance of rose recipes waiting for you on frolic and fare!

Notes about the recipe:

  • Martinis are a strong cocktail. Don’t let the pretty color fool you. Make this when you want to sip and relax. When testing, I found that I needed quite a bit of sweetness to make a martini palatable to my tastebuds. You can use less sweet syrup if you like your martinis dry.

  • Although you may find it strong, it does have a well balanced floral flavor, and overall – it’s a refreshing stunning summer sipper.

  • We love a classic gin cocktail, like our cucumber rose gin and tonic, but I had to create a martini – the only way I know how. Pretty, sweet, and floral.

  • If you’re a martini lover, you may also fancy our lavender honey martini recipe.

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • This is the most elegant summer cocktail
  • Happy hour is even happier with floral flavors
  • It’s only a slight adaptation of the classic cocktail – the prohibition-era cocktail you may know and love


Ingredients in this rose cocktail:

  • Dolin dry vermouth – you can use any vermouth, this one is recommended as it has superb flavor in a martini. It has distinct crisp citrus, herbal, floral and white pepper notes.
  • Hendrix gin – you can use any gin – this is recommended as it’s high quality, with botanical flavors, and works well in a martini.
  • One grapefruit, Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and zest.
  • Optional: splash of Rosewater
  • Rosewater simple syrup or rose simple syrup (homemade or store bought)

Cocktail preparation:

Pour all ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into chilled martini cocktail glass. Shake it in a cocktail shaker if preferred!

Garish with:

Traditional citrus peel, dried rose buds or candied rose petals.

How to make homemade rose water syrup

I like to sweeten my rose martini with some rose water syrup. This simple syrup recipe is really simple and the perfect balance of floral flavor and sweetness. This preparation makes an entire small bottle of syrup, so you’ll be able to enjoy numerous cocktails.

This syrup also works beautifully in: Cucumber rose water gin and tonic, Moonwalk rosewater cocktail, Rose lemon drop cocktail, Rose peach frosé and rose water lemonade

Ingredients in the syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water + 1/2 cup rosewater
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Optional: 2 dried organic pink rose buds or a few fresh flower petals from your organic flower garden for color.

Instructions to make the syrup: 

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat – heat the water and sugar it comes to a simmer.
  2. Stir while syrup gently simmers gently for 10 minutes. Add flowers if using any for color.
  3. Remove from heat and let the liquid thicken and cool.
  4. Pour into jar with an airtight lid. Strain if you used flowers for natural coloring.

Frequently asked questions:

How long will homemade rose syrup last for?

Sugar is used in cooking as a preservative— think jams and jellies, which are also called preserves. So simple syrups have a decent shelf life, when prepared and stored properly: made with very hot water and stored in a sterile container in the refrigerator. A 1:1 simple syrup like this one lasts only one month when refrigerated.

How should I store this syrup?

The recommended way to store simple syrup is to use an airtight container that’s been sterilized.

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Rose water martini

4.86 from 7 votes
This rose water martini is a beautiful cocktail, strong and classic - bursting with gorgeous sweet delicate rose flavor.
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes


  • ½ fl oz Dolin dry vermouth
  • 2 fl oz Hendrix gin
  • 1 ½ oz rose syrup
  • Juice and zest of one grapefruit
  • optional: splash of rose water


  • Pour all ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into chilled martini cocktail glass. You can shake it in a cocktail shaker if preferred!


Serve immediately in a chilled glass


Serving: 1g | Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g
Keyword: flower cocktails, rose martini, rosewater martini
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 71kcal
Author: All recipes by Sarah Buckley

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