It seems that cocktails made with rosé wine are all the rage right now. And if that’s the case, we should have one here at Great Eight Friends, so I set out to create one! Well, creating a cocktail is more difficult than it may seem. It is much like cooking without a recipe, sure, it can be done…but to do it well takes some practice and much talent.
Luckily, the day I was experimenting (and failing miserably!) some friends stopped by. Kristina, who grew up with my girls, had just returned from a year abroad in Spain and brought her boyfriend with her, who, it so happens, is a mixologist! He took my poor attempt and re-created it to make an entirely new cocktail, which he christened the Anna Rose Cocktail! (What a sweetie! I guess that’s because I fed them AND showed them where to get more Pokémon balls!)
Egg white cocktails have never been my thing, to be honest I’ve been somewhat of a purest with my drink selections. Give me a good old fashioned martini or Manhattan and I’m happy. But Devyn decided that what this cocktail needed was an egg white…and he was right! After changing the proportions, drastically, and adding the egg white and a dollop of cherry syrup, I can honestly say that this rosé cocktail is one of the best I’ve tasted.
The Anna Rose is refreshing, while still being able to stand side by side with other cocktails. Don’t shy away from this because of the bourbon if you aren’t a bourbon person; the rosé wine cuts the bourbon and the orange sweetens it just a touch, but not too much.
So I give you………
Makes 1 cocktail
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The syrup from these Amarena Toschi Black Cherries in Syrup is perfect. It is viscous enough to sit on top of the whipped egg white. And you can use one of the cherries as an extra garnish if you like…pretty and delicious! You may also be able to find these cherries at an Italian market, if there is one near you.
Originally published December 27, 2016