The history of the Bermuda Rose starts with a classic recipe for a gin sour. However, after World War II, Americans had more access to the ingredients that made up this drink, and they changed it to be more closely resemble one. The first drink that resembled what we would call the Bermuda Rose today was created in Chicago in 1922 at the El Rio Clubhouse Bar. It was called “Saratoga” and was named for a horse race track in Saratoga Springs, New York.
This drink consisted of a simple sour base mixed with their own house-made grenadine syrup and rose water, plus some club soda or seltzer water to top it off. The El Rio’s creative bartenders took creative liberties with this drink by adding different amounts of grenadine.
Bermuda Rose is a great drink to make and share with friends. If you like Gin, Apricot Brandy and Grenadine this will be your favorite cocktail. It should be made and served in a hurricane glass with an orange slice as garnish.
2 ounce Gin
1 ounce Apricot Brandy
1 tsp Grenadine
Glassware: Cocktail Glass
1. Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
2. Strain into a chilled martini glass.