I love the smell and delicate flavor of roses, but they certainly aren’t a common ingredient in American dishes. Just as I was wondering how to best fit these beautiful flowers into my cooking, inspiration came from an unexpected source: the soundtrack from the 2009 PS3 game Katamari Forever.
The jazzy song “A Crimson Rose and a Gin Tonic” first appeared in the original Katamari Damacy game released for the PS2 in 2004. But YMCK’s remake of the tune for Katamari Forever completely transforms the original. As a long-time YMCK fan, I’m absolutely biased; I love the group’s Astrud-Gilberto-trapped-in-a-Famicom sound, which is as fun as it is technically complex and precise.
Here’s my tribute in cocktail form: A Crimson Rose and a Gin Tonic.
- 1 oz. gin, chilled (I recommend Botanist)
- 1 1/2 tsp. fresh lime juice
- 1/2 tsp. rose syrup
- 1/4 tsp. Jack Rudy Co. Small Batch Grenadine
- 2 oz. Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic Water
- Ice cubes
- Dried rose petals for garnish
Combine gin, lime juice, rose syrup, and grenadine in a short glass and stir. Add ice cubes, tonic water, and rose petal garnish. Serving this drink in a short glass without a straw allows one to smell the fragrance from the dried rose petals while drinking. Kanpai!