Portland is the Rose City, and the Double Delight is about roses and more. Named for a popular variety of hybrid tea rose, the Double Delight cocktail is a gin sour steeped in rose fragrance and the taste of fresh peaches with the tartness and color of grenadine for good measure.
Before pouring, let's take a moment and review some ways of adding small amounts of ingredients to a cocktail. We're familiar with adding bitters in dashes, but there are some techniques, including rinse, and mist that we can use to bring subtle flavors or a more fragrant nose to a cocktail. For the Double Delight, we rinse with rose water, water scented with rose petals and used in perfume, and cooking to add a subtle flavor and alot of rose scent, but each technique has merit and purpose in any given situation.
Rinse. A rinse is adding a bit of spirit or mixer to a glass, swirling it about so the glass is coated and discarding the rest. This is a common practice for adding just a bit of a strongly flavored ingredient, such as absinthe or Chartreuse or the like. A Sazerac is a great example of how an absinthe rinse adds just a touch of anise without overpowering the drink, but you're not limited to spirits. Ingredients such as vanilla extract, rose water, orange blossom water all bring strong flavors, like absinthe, and add a wonderful nose. The downside to a rinse is some of the ingredient is discarded, and that's not economically sound, especially with expensive stuff. If you have an atomizer, however, you can put some of your ingredient in the atomizer and spray the inside of the glass with a light coating for the same result but with less waste.
Mist. A mist is when you use an atomizer to spray a mist over the top of a cocktail. This will add to the nose, but impart little flavor. A mist is also fleeting, and, when compared to a rinse, is the more delicate of the two. When you express the oils from a citrus peel over your drink, you are creating a mist. Lemon is often used as a mist on egg white cocktails to suppress any unpleasant aromas that may be present in the egg, but as with a rinse, you're not limited in what you can mist. Try a lavender mist over a Bees Knees, or a mist of thyme over a White Lady.
How do you decide when to use a rinse or a mist? If you want the aroma, and some of the taste, use a rinse. If you want only the aroma, use a mist. In the Double Delight, a rinse gives us not only the perfume of the rose water, but additional, and welcome flavor. The pink color of the drink comes from grenadine which also adds sweetness and that classic tartness one expects from pomegranate.
In the end, however, this is still a gin cocktail. Our gin of choice is Trillium, from Trail Distilling. Trillium is a dry gin with a unique character that works well in sweet drinks. The Double Delight isn't overly sweet, but a less dry spirit would loose it's way, especially once the rose water sets the stage. on the other hand, the Double Delight is a Summer cocktail meant for sharing. It's an afternoon home early from work, a first date, or a Valentine in June for no reason at all. It's a lazy sunset on an English terrace, or a trip to the Rose Garden when the mountain is out. So make sure to find your special someone, and pour two. It's how memories, and Summers, are made.
Rinse a chilled glass with rose water. Shake remaining ingredients with ice, and serve up. No garnish. Optionally serve alongside one red rose.
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