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Glendalough Rose Gin: Pink Gin For A Valentine Gift, Mother’s Day & More

Pink gin? Yes, or more accurately, rose gin made with freshly-picked rose petals. From Glendalough Distillery in Dublin, Ireland, it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day…and for upcoming celebrations that cause you to think pink. Mother’s Day? Birthdays? Anniversaries? Baby girls? There’s even National Pink Day on June 23rd*. Not to mention all the gin holidays, below.

This fresh, rose-petal gin was first made to honor the head distiller’s mom, Rose. The occasion was his brother’s wedding. Rose had recently passed away, and this was his way to have her there in spirit—literally.

How do you make rose gin?

Flowers from an Irish rose garden are slowly vapor distilled with wild roses and botanicals from the Wicklow mountains.

After distilling, the intensely floral gin is further infused with even more roses to deepen the flavors and give it its lovely pink hue.

  • The Nose: Very aromatic, with soft juniper notes, perfumed with fresh rose.
  • The Taste: Gentle sweet spice, with distinct rose petal, bright berries, citrus with a nectar sweetness.
  • The Finish: Long, floral, rose petals.
    Botanicals used in the gin include Irish mountain roses and damask roses, which are said to be the “most aromatic roses that can be found” [source].

    Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, the distillery makes craft whiskey and gin. Glendalough claims to be the only distillery in the world that employs full-time foragers, enabling its team to distill using fresh wild plants every day.
    The gin is available in retailers nationwide and on Drizly.

    Enjoy Glendalough Rose Gin in a dry Martini, a G&T, or this special Valentine’s Day recipe.

    Hibiscus is a “superflower,” packed with antioxidants†. It is herbal tea—no caffeine—that is delicious hot or iced.

  • 1.5oz Glendalough rose gin
  • ½ oz hibiscus tea syrup (recipe below)
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • Prosecco
  • Dried lemon wheel
  • Rose petal (organic, no pesticides) or a rosebud on a cocktail pick
  • Ice
    For The Hibiscus Tea Syrup

  • 7 hibiscus tea bags
  • 33 ounces hot water
  • 16 ounces (2 cups) granulated sugar

    1. MAKE the hibiscus tea syrup. Steep the tea bags in the water for 15 minutes. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Let cool.

    2. COMBINE the rose gin, hibiscus tea syrup, and lemon juice in a shaker. Add ice and shake.

    3. DOUBLE STRAIN into a coupe glass and top with prosecco. Garnish with a dried lemon wheel and float a rose petal on top.

    More ways to enjoy Rose Gin:

  • April 9th: National Gin & Tonic Day
  • June 11th: World Gin Day (date varies—it’s the second Saturday in June)
  • September 1: Australian Craft Gin Day
  • October 1: International Scottish Gin Day
  • November 14: Australian Gin Week


    [1] Glendalough Rose Gin and the Hibiscus Rose cocktail—recipe below (photos #1, #2, #3 and #4 © Glenadough Distillery).

    [2] A Rose Gin & Tonic.

    [3] A Rose Gin Spritz.

    [4] For a special gift, how about a bottle of Rose Gin with a bouquet of pink roses?

    [5] Hibiscus tea bags make delicious hot or iced herbal tea. These are available on Amazon or directly from Republic Of Tea (photo © Republic Of Tea).


    *There’s also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October, and international Pink Day on April 13th, an observation against bullying, discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, and transmisogyny around the world.

    †Hibiscus can help boost your immune system and may help to prevent cell damage caused by free radicals in the body. This can reduce your risk of developing many significant health complications such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Hibiscus tea contains other antioxidants, such as anthocyanins. It can also lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Here’s more about it.





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