Turkish Rose

Recipe by John Severa


  • 1.5 oz. Wódka Vodka
  • 1 oz. Rose Petal Liqueur
  • .25 oz. Elderflower Liqueur
  • .75 oz. Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • .75 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 2 Cardamom Pods
  • 1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 2 drops Vanilla Extract

Preparation: Add cardamom pods, lemon juice, simple syrup, and vanilla extract to a mixing glass. Lightly muddle the cardamom pods so they just begin to crush. Add the remaining ingredients to the mixing glass. Add ice and shake for 8-10 seconds. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish: Rose-flavored Turkish delight, Rose petal

Glassware: Coupe or Similar

Cocktail Inspiration:

For anyone who has tasted Turkish delight, it can be difficult to think of the floral sweet confection without having the mouth water. Quite naturally then as I stumbled upon some rose petal liqueur and was reminded of that nostalgic jelly candy, the challenge became to take those familiar flavors and create something reminiscent yet new— something that would showcase the rose while subtly complementing it with the likes of cardamom, vanilla, and elderflower. The endeavor resulted with the Turkish Rose. While a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, none would taste as delightful.