Gin Liqueur

“Gainsborough’s Garden” – Rose, Lavender & Raspberry Cocktail

February 8, 2018

I love an “English Garden” cocktail. I also love the “Bramble”. Anything that combines fruit, floral tones, and gin into something best drunk in mid-spring is a big double thumbs up for me, and it makes me really proud of both English cocktail culture, and the delicious range of natural fruits and herbs we can grow – even in the middle of the city. What I’ve made here is a whimsical nod towards spring. As the temperature gets slightly warmer every day, and the sun inches on later into the day, I know that very soon flowers will be cropping up everywhere. Though its still only February, I feel just about ready to fling open my window, and shove all my jumpers to the back of my wardrobe. But until then, I’ll have to make do with memories of last year.

I name this one “Gainsborough’s Garden”, after one of my favourite painters, Thomas Gainsborough; a founding member of the Royal Academy of Arts and arguably one of the greatest 18th century painters. He was primarily a portrait painter, although much preferred to paint the English countryside. Often in his portraits, you can see tiny nods towards the natural beauty of flora. Much like this cocktail does too!

Portrait of Mrs. Richards – Thomas Gainsborough

My own cocktail contains all the things you can grow yourself in even the smallest of English gardens, and never loses touch with the sweet tastes of natural flora. I think another motivating factor for creating this cocktail was simply that my little flat does not have enough flowers in it at the moment! Not only do they create a gorgeous aroma – but they’re actually pretty beneficial for your mental health. I encourage anyone feeling anxious, depressed, or with low motivation this season to go out and buy a potted flower or two. No, it won’t cure you – but it will bring a little smile every time you water them, catch sight of them, or use them as a food garnish.


This drink is best served over ice in a highball glass – however, if preferred, it can be strained directly into a champagne saucer and garnished with a single rose, as below. When created with the correct proportions, it should be a highly floral drink, with subtle citrus notes from the raspberry lemonade, with a balanced rose syrup. If you like your drink shorter and more intense, go for the saucer version. If you’re like me, and want to sip the cocktail over a longer period of time as the ice (partially crushed) melts – go for the highball!

Gainsborough's Garden Cocktail

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 glass


For the Rose Simple Syrup

  • 35 ml Rose Water
  • 10 ml Clear Honey
  • 50 ml Water
  • 10 g Caster Sugar

For the Cocktail

  • 70 ml Wild Berry Gin
  • 35 ml Lavender Liqueur
  • 10 ml Pressed Beetroot Juice
  • 2 dashes Blossom Bitters
  • 200 ml Raspberry Lemonade


  1. Combine honey, water and sugar in a pan and heat on a medium temperature until completely combined. Take off the heat, leave to cool, and add in 35ml Rose Water.

  2. In a shaker, combine your Rose Simple Syrup, Wild Berry Gin, Lavender Liqueur, Beet Juice and Blossom Bitters with ice. Shake thoroughly.

  3. Strain into a glass filled with fresh ice, and top with approx 200ml Raspberry Lemonade.

  4. Garnish with flowers.

Do you miss spring & summer as much as I do? What are your favourite things to drink during spring? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Reply Shadi Hasanzadenemati February 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    This is one beautiful drink! love the addition of rose water!

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 8, 2018 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks so much Shadi! Tried to create something quintessentially “spring”, so I appreciate the kind words!

  • Reply windycitydinnerfairyblog February 8, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    this drink is stunning and sounds delicious! Can’t wait to make it!

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 8, 2018 at 4:37 pm

      Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it when you do!

  • Reply jaimesheehan February 8, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Beautiful! Perfect for valentines day, and your pictures are amazing

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 8, 2018 at 5:45 pm

      Thank you so much! Thats such a good point about Valentines Day too! I didn’t think about that – but now I know EXACTLY what I’m going to whip up for my husband 🙂

  • Reply Garlic + Zest February 8, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    This is such a lovely cocktail for spring. That color is astounding.

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 8, 2018 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks so much! Its the pressed beetroot juice – works WONDERS. I use it in everything as a food colouring as I find the taste never overpowers.

      P.S. I’m a huge fan of your blog so thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Reply Mamas Travel Tribe February 8, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    That looks incredible!! Yum!

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 8, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you so much Donna! You’re so kind 🙂

  • Reply Britt | Sweet Tea & Thyme February 8, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Wow, those shots are gorgeous! This drink is so beautiful and I love that you named it after one of your favorite painters.

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 8, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      Thanks so much Britt for complimenting the photography! You’re so sweet. And I’m sure Thomas Gainsborough himself would also approve of the cocktail … Well I hope so anyway!

  • Reply Jere February 8, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    How beautiful and I bet delicious. I would love these at my next get together.

  • Reply Catherine Brown February 8, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Stunningly beautiful cocktail! I can’t wait to try this one. 😉

  • Reply Windy City Dinner Fairy February 8, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    These are so gorgeous! I’d love to be sipping on it right now!

  • Reply Namrata February 8, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    That drink looks so sexy and beautiful..perfect for Valentines day.

  • Reply bluebowlsteph February 9, 2018 at 2:42 am

    This is beautiful! And so perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  • Reply LinsFood February 9, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Fabulous, I love the colour, the name and the images. I love gin cocktails, and this one is just calling my name!

  • Reply sue | theviewfromgreatisland February 9, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    This is absolutely stunning, I can’t stop staring!

  • Reply Allison hanson February 9, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    So pretty I almost don’t want to drink it. This is the perfect fancy drink for a valentines celebration!

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 9, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      Thats such a good point, and what with Valentines Day coming up soon I know just what to serve to my other half!

  • Reply Katie-Rose Watson February 9, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Sounds amazing! Lovely presentation and photography too.

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 9, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Reply Carissa Hickling February 10, 2018 at 4:19 am

    Gorgeous photos and the cocktail sounds amazing!!

  • Reply Michelle Gebert February 11, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Gorgeous! Perfect for starting a Galentines Day party 🙂

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 11, 2018 at 11:33 am

      Good point Michelle! I love Galentines! 😀

  • Reply chef mimi February 15, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Wow Those colors!

  • Reply Michelle (@helloSHELLS) February 16, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    This is such a great drink. Gin is my favorite alcohol and –outside of a good ol’ gin && tonic– I love experimenting with it and see what concoctions I can come up with. This one is great.

    Thanks for sharing! x


    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 17, 2018 at 10:45 am

      Thanks so much Michelle! See gin is never my favourite, but thats what makes me so inclined to try it in lots of recipes to find something super delicious like this 🙂 Thanks for the kind comment!

  • Reply Divya Deepak Rao February 18, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Hi Mairi
    Such a gorgeous drink this one! Loving the flavours!

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