101 Best New Cocktails: Concubine’s Kiss by Nabil Revan, Suliman Bar and Meze Lounge, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA

by Gaz Regan · Monday, April 13th, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

Concubine’s Kiss

Nabil Revan, Suliman Bar and Meze Lounge, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA

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“I came up with the concubine’s kiss while brainstorming over a cocktail list before opening Suliman Bar and Meze Lounge.  I was eating some rose-flavored Turkish delight while drink a gimlet and they had a baby in my mouth… as graphic as that sounds…”  Nabil Revan

52.5 ml (1.75 oz) ginConcubines Kiss - Copy

15 ml (.5 oz) fresh lime juice

22.5 ml (.75 oz) ginger simple syrup

2 dashes of rosewater

1 rose petal, as garnish

Shake over ica and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the garnish and serve while winking 😉

gaz sez:  I made the ginger simple syrup by roughly chopping about 3/4” of fresh ginger, muddling it slightly in the bottom of a pan, then adding 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar.  I heated this and stirred constantly until the sugar had dissolved, then I allowed it to come to room temperature before straining the ginger out through a double layer of dampened cheesecloth.  It was well worth the effort (which was pretty minimal anyway).

Turns out that gin, ginger, and roses go together very nicely indeed, and Nabil put them together beautifully in this cocktail.  Gotta remember this one for next Valentine’s Day.

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