This refreshing cocktail is not only delicious but looks beautiful as well! The homemade raspberry vanilla simple syrup provides just a touch of raspberry and vanilla flavors that complement the Empress 1908 Indigo gin and rosé Prosecco. A touch of lemon juice for acidity and balance and you have a delightful cocktail! We know you will love this Rose Colored Glasses: Raspberry Vanilla Gin Cocktail!
What's in this cocktail? And Common Substitutes
- Empress 1908 Gin
- Raspberry Vanilla Simple Syrup (recipe below)
- Lemon juice
- Rosé prosecco or sparkling rosé wine
- Rose water
- Thyme sprig, for garnish
Empress 1908 Gin
Empress 1908 Gin is our gin of choice for this cocktail. The botanicals in the gin are complemented by the other ingredients in the Rose Colored Glasses Cocktail giving it a beautiful vibrant flavor. Additionally, the pink rose color is a result of the color-changing properties of the butterfly pea flower in the gin.
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Aquafaba is the liquid leftover from cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans), or the liquid found in a can of chickpeas. In cocktails, aquafaba is used to create that beautiful white foam that tops the cocktail and is often used in place of an egg white. This brings a creaminess to the drink and is a great addition.
- Substitues for aquafaba: You can, of course, use an egg white from a medium egg if you desire here, but we prefer aquafaba. You can also use the liquid from other canned beans (e.g., white beans, navy beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, or even black beans), but keep in mind that you want to use a lighter colored liquid to get a white foam. Or purchase a pre-bottled version of aquafaba HERE.
Raspberry Vanilla Simple Syrup
This is a super easy 2:1 simple syrup to make using a pint of raspberries and vanilla extract. See the recipe card below for instructions.
We prefer a 2:1 simple syrup (2 cups sugar to 1 cup water) because it lasts longer, up to 6 months, in the fridge. We make cocktails often, so having simple syrup on hand at any time is best for us!
Rosé Prosecco or Sparkling Rosé Wine
We used rosé Prosecco in this cocktail since rosé is the ultimate summer wine, and we wanted to use the play on words with the 'Rose Colored Glasses' name. Additionally, the flavor and color are lovely here.
- Substitutes for Rosé Prosecco: Any sparkling rosé wine will work great in this recipe.
Rose Water Spritz
The rose water spritz at the end adds a beautiful aroma to this cocktail and gives it an elevated feel when serving the drink to others and spritzing this as the final touch. The rose water adds a nice perfume to this cocktail and really rounds it out.
There really isn't a good substitute for rose water, but it can be omitted if desired.
We hope that you enjoy the Rose Colored Glasses Raspberry Vanilla Gin Cocktail! If you give this recipe a try, let us know how it turned out in the comments below. If you loved this recipe, please give it a 5 star rating and share your final dish on Instagram @cooking_with_wine!
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