|Rosehip Gin cocktail - thanks random ingredient purchase!! - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
I don't make it a point to buy random ingredients with no clue how to use them. Well, okay, sometimes I do. But when I'm in a specialty grocer, I like seeing what's sold in bulk or well-stocked -- what do people from a particular region of the world eat? Old Country Bakery had a lot of whole grains available for purchase, like cracked wheat (or bulgur), plenty of pickled/preserved vegetables, and whole spices that you would use in a lot of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern dishes. Very fragrant, strong flavors, all things I love. I considered getting a bulk bag of bulgur, since I love using it in summer salads -- you'll always find the best prices for staple items like this at the little shops where that's like the equivalent of our regular grocer selling a box of plain dry spaghetti noodles for under a dollar. You can probably get a bag of bulgur at the grocery store, but you'll pay a premium since it's just not as familiar an item, so it ends up going in the exotic "specialty ingredient" aisle.
|Jackpot! Whole rosehips!! ....now what...? - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
|Prepping the rosehips, ie, smashing the crap out of them - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Rosehip gin infusion, complete with Transylvanian Time Warp dance number - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Coffee Filters Save the Daaaaaaay! Let's drink to that - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
So what does rosehip-infused gin taste like? Basically tart, floral gin; definitely a mixer, not something you'd just sip. I wouldn't say it's sweet, but it's got that zesty freshness of spring to it, and the color is gorgeous, perfect for making a beautiful cocktail, no artificial food dyes required. I could see myself making a gin and tonic with this gin; maybe with some plain gin mixed in so the tartness isn't overwhelming. It would be a gorgeous summer pitcher drink, with some fresh fruit juice, mint leaves, simple syrup, and some seltzer to make it effervescent. For my first cocktail using the rosehip gin, I made a gimlet-style drink, which was deliciously summery. Cheers to future infusions!
Rosehip Gimlet (adapted from Cocktail Times recipe)
(makes 1 cocktail)
2 oz rosehip-infused gin
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz fresh lemon juice
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Stir or shake for 30 seconds until chilled -- stir to keep cocktail clear, shake if you want the drink to be opaque. Strain drink into a coupe or martini glass. Garnish with candied flower petals or a peel of citrus. Or just drink on its own, that's tasty, too.