John's Cocktail: Kiss from a Rose

Rachael’s hubby, John Cusimano, is the mixologist in the family. For Valentine’s Day, he stirs up a drink that’s fittingly romantic.
rose cocktail

Recipe by John Cusimano

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10 minutes


Makes 2 cocktails


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Ice
  • 10 oz. pink Champagne
  • 2 oz. pomegranate juice
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 2 dashes of rose water
  • Organic rose petals, for garnish


In a small sauce pan, heat the sugar and 1/4 cup water over low, stirring until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Let the simple syrup cool for about 10 minutes. Fill 2 glasses with ice. Divide the Champagne, pomegranate juice, and lime juice between the glasses. Add 1/4 oz. of the syrup to each glass. (Refrigerate the remaining syrup to use in iced tea or other cocktails.) Add a dash of rose water to each glass and stir gently. Garnish with rose petals. Serve each drink with a straw.