Get in the Mood with the Honey and Botanical-Infused “La Rosa” Cocktail
Pix and Story :: Anastacia Uriegas
Skip the outdated romantic cliché of red roses, Champagne, chocolate-dipped strawberries and saxophone jams for something simultaneously modern AND mystical (well, maybe keep the jams). The fresh La Rosa (aka The Rose) combines herbaceous mezcal, bright grapefruit and lime juice, floral honey and the exotic flavors of cardamom and rosewater for a fantastically-flavored drink with ingredients valued for their aphrodisiac qualities for thousands of years.
The base spirit, Gem + Bolt mezcal is made from 100% Espadín agave and infused with the ancient herb damiana--and trust us, this mezcal is nothing like the burnt rubber-flavored, worm-at-the-bottom swill purchased at tourist spots along the Mexican border. Damiana is an herb native to Southwest Texas, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and Brazil that’s been used since the times of the Aztec and Mayans for its effect on sexual desire, mood enhancement and relaxation.
The other main players in the arousing La Rosa are: Cardamom, the powerfully aromatic seed helps increase libido by stimulating the nervous system. Honey contains nitric oxide, which is released in the blood during arousal and in B vitamins for testosterone production and boron which helps the body use estrogen. And finally, Cleopatra used rose in her bath, on her bed, and for alluring her lover. And frankly, if it worked for Cleopatra, we’re in.
2 Ounces of Gem + Bolt Mezcal
1 Ounce of Fresh Grapefruit Juice
1 Ounce of Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 Ounce of Honey Syrup (see below)
1/4 Ounce of Rosewater (look in the international foods section of your grocery)
3 dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters
Seeds from One Cardamom Pod
Grapefruit peel for garnish
1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
3. Strain into coupe or cocktail glass.
4. Roll grapefruit peel into a “rose” and skewer for garnish.
5. Get sexy!
Straight honey into a shaker with ice does not dissolve and is instead clumpy, it needs to be thinned with equal parts water.
1 Cup of Honey
1 Cup of Water
Combine honey and water in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until honey dissolves. Remove from heat, let cool and transfer into clean jar. Keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.