Whisk Sips Video Cocktail Series featuring Rose Water

Al Wadi Al Akhdar has been a leading Lebanese food brand throughout the world since 1979. They combine traditional and exotic touches with the latest food technology to bring high-quality authentic ingredients to the global market. They focus on traditional Lebanese & Middle Eastern specialties, and their flower essences are known to be some of the finest on the market.

Because of it’s use in Persian and Indian foods and pastries, many people think of rose water as exotic and unusual, but that wasn’t always the case! Before vanilla extract became accessible and affordable in the United States, rose water was as ubiquitous in Colonial American baked goods as vanilla is today! In fact, when vanilla extract was first becoming popular with American bakers, it was basically used as a fancy, exotic substitute for rose water!

Rose water is just as simple as it sounds: it’s water distilled with pesticide-free rose petals to extract their essence. The flower petals are gently boiled in purified water, and the heavily-scented steam is captured and condensed, producing a highly fragrant liquid with a subtle floral flavor.

The scent is fresh, bright, and powerfully floral, and the flavor is pleasantly bitter and reinforces the floral notes in ingredients like cinnamon, cardamom, honey, or pistachios. While Rose water is traditionally used to add a subtle fragrance to sweets, pastries, and some savory dishes; it also lends itself perfectly to use in craft cocktails as well. Used sparingly, rose water can give your recipes an elegant otherworldly quality, but be careful not to add too much! A few extra drops can take your recipe from delicate, subtle, and refined, to a big musty ol’ swig from Grandma’s perfume bottle. It’s best to start with a quarter teaspoon or so in your recipes, and then taste before deciding if you’d like to go any further.

Rose water is an incredibly versatile addition to both your pantry and your bar cart. Once you start experimenting with adding it to your favorite recipes, you won’t be able to stop! If you’re still unsure how you could use it yourself at home, please watch the video cocktail recipe below for a little inspiration!

The “Jam-Hattan”
2 oz good rye whiskey
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 tablespoon cherry jam
2 to 3 dashes aromatic bitters
1/4 teaspoon rose water
garnish with 1 or 2 Luxardo maraschino cherries, if desired

Combine the whiskey, vermouth, jam, bitters, and rose water in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Be careful not to add too much rosewater or it can overpower the drink. Shake shake shake the cocktail until the shaker is ice cold and frosty on the outside, a good minute or so. Strain over ice into a rocks glass, and garnish with Luxardo maraschino cherries if desired.

Whisk Sips Video Cocktail Series Featuring Sriracha Bitters

Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters is a Brooklyn based company focusing on unusual bitters flavors made in a classical style. The base for their bitters is made using very traditional methods, drawing flavors from roots, vegetables, fruits, and herbs. The tradition ends there though, and their unusual, seasonal offerings have taken the bitters world by storm. Zagat referred to their bitters as “kooky” and “trendy”,  CBS New York has named them one of the three best bitters brands in New York City, and whether online or in-store, they are one of the best selling bitters brands at Whisk.

All of their bitters are hand-crafted in Brooklyn using local ingredients whenever possible. The seasonal nature of their bitters may mean that certain flavors are only available at certain times of year, so if you see a flavor that catches your eye, it’s best to snap it up before it’s too late.

Their Sriracha bitters is an aromatic preparation that combines the spicy punch of sriracha chili sauce with classic bittering agents. Savory up front with notes of garlic, burnt orange peel and rock salt, they finish with the pleasing slow sear of Thai chili heat.

Not sure how you might put Sriracha bitters to use at home? Check out the video below for a spicy twist on the classic Sazerac cocktail called the “Srirazerac”!

The “Srirazerac”

1 Dash absinthe
2 1/2 oz Bourbon or rye
1 Teaspoonful simple syrup
2 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
2 Drops Brooklyn Hemispherical Sriracha Bitters
Lemon twist

Coat a frosty cold rocks glass with absinthe, swirl and toss out excess. Stir the rye, simple syrup, peychauds, and sriracha bitters into a mixing glass or another rocks glass. Strain cocktail into the absinthe-coated rocks glass with a julep strainer. Twist a strip of lemon peel over the glass and drop in. Top with Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters Sriracha Bitters to taste.

Whisk Sips video cocktail series featuring Rosemary bitters

No chef would dream of preparing a dish without reaching into their spice rack, and Addition thinks the same should be true for cocktails! Addition was founded with the express goal of bringing spicy and savory flavors to beverages everywhere – out of your spice rack and into your drinks!

Addition Cocktail Spices empower you to create beverages that taste exactly the way you want them to. They encourage you to experiment and have fun with your cocktails, to customize your drinks to suit your exact taste, and most of all, to enjoy beverages with a wide new range of flavors that you may not have experienced in liquid form before.

All Addition products are proudly handcrafted in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood using traditional maceration processes featuring whole spices and fresh herbs and peppers. Addition’s cocktail spices are made in much the same way as bitters, but without the traditional bittering agents, so their infusions are packed with the bright, clean, pure flavor of their focus ingredients.

Addition’s Rosemary Cocktail Spice adds the bright, earthy, aromatic complexity of fresh rosemary to all kinds of drinks and cocktails. They’re a perfect complement to gin drinks, especially gin and tonics; they’re also beautiful in fruity cocktails like Margaritas or Lemon Drops; and they’re even a lovely way to dress up a glass of sparkling water! For more ideas on how to use Rosemary cocktail spice at home, please check out the recipe and watch the video below.

Rosemary Greyhound

2 oz Vodka
4 oz Grapefruit Juice
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
4 to 5 dashes Rosemary Bitters
Rosemary sprig for garnish, optional

Combine Vodka, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake well and strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and enjoy!