Though the black rose does not actually exist in nature, when given as gift the meaning is larger than life – pardon the pun. Symbolically the black rose means “death or farewell.” However, when paired with a lover’s holiday the Black Rose could take on new meaning beyond gloomy. A toast to burying the past with nod to hopeful beginnings is always a wonderful way to begin one’s finest hour or any Happy Hour – don’t you think? If nothing else, the Black Rose is sure fire way to begin a conversation.
The Black Rose Drink Recipe
The Black Rose is just a smidge sweet in my opinion. Think about dialing back the grenadine or leaving it out entirely. An orange peel would also be marvelous in this drink rather than the lemon twist. As always, twist and tweak recipes to your own preference.
1 ounce Bourbon
1 ounce Cognac
1/4 ounce Grenadine Syrup
3 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
1 Dash Angostura Bitters
Lemon Zest Twist
Combine all liquids with ice in mixing glass. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled glass – no ice. Garnish with lemon twist. Recipe source: Difford’s Encyclopedia of Cocktails book.
Other forms of the Black Rose call for bourbon, grenadine splash and one bitters only served either on the rocks or without rocks in an Old Fashioned glass.