Thirsty Thursday: Gin Rosewater

Everyone has “that drink”. You know what I’m talking about. The one thing that you had a bad experience with and never want to even smell again let alone taste. Mine is Gin. Now, I won’t get into all of the gory details, but lets just say I was young, stupid, and trying to impress my friends. It didn’t end well. After that, life went on, I had a brief love affair with a little thing called the Jagerbomb, I drank lots of beer, and found my way to whiskey.

As far as I was concerned for the past 8ish years Gin didn’t exist. Then I moved to Denver. For some reason, everyone in Denver loves Gin. Probably because it tastes like a mountain but that is neither here nor there. All I’m saying is that Gin runs rampant in this city. You can’t get away from it. I was able to avoid it for some time but once again, our man, James Lee was destined to push me to my libation limits. He made a concoction that included watermelon, cucumber, 2 kinds of lemons, lime, agave nectar, and wait for it….you guessed it…Gin. And this was after I told him “the only thing I don’t like is Gin”. He clearly had plans to change my mind.

This drink, my friends, might be the best summer cocktail possible. It was combined the right amount of sweet from the watermelon and agave nectar with the right tart from the lemon and lime. The aroma of the cucumber screamed “chill the heck out, find yourself a lawn chair, and catch rays”. And the Gin, mountainous as the flavor is, added the perfect amount of earthy flavor to bring the whole beverage together. I would suggest drinking this, in true Colorado fashion, while wearing plaid. It helps to accentuate the mountain flavor.

Gin Rosewater by James Lee

By Brian, April 19, 2012

Gin Rosewater by James Lee

Mountains, fruit, and cucumbers all collide.



Muddle the watermelon and cucumber into the bottom of a glass.  Add the citrus juice, gin, and agave solution (equal parts water and agave nectar).  Shake well.  Garnish with a piece of watermelon in the cocktail to add flavor and soak up liquid.  Take a strip of cucumber and rim the glass.   Twist the cucumber strip and place on top of the cocktail for a fragrant smell of cucumber on the first sip.



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Brian is the Chief Taste Tester, Mixologist, and Resident CSS Wizard at Whit's Amuse Bouche. When he's not writing code, you can find him with a brown drink in one hand, and a hairbrush in the other. He prefers Colorado-raised lamb to all other meats. View all posts by Brian →

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