With a bit of break between the first half and the second half of the 6th season of Doctor Who, now is a perfect time to introduce your friends to The Doctor, and a perfect place for them to start is with the modern Season 1, Episode 1 Rose. The 9th Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston, selects Rose, played by Billie Piper, as his new traveling companion in the very first episode of the modern Doctor Who series.
This tribute cocktail to the modern Doctor’s incredibly popular first companion has the impeccable combination of tart, sweet, and just a hit of “interesting, what *is* that?” Grapefruit lends the tart, a touch of simple syrup lends the sweet, and that interesting taste you can barely put your finer on? Rose water. You’ll only use just a touch for the perfect finesse. Garnished with a slice of Turkish Delight. Yes, that same rose flavored sweet that tempted Edmund to betrayal in the C.S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia book, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Rose flavored turkish delight really does exist and can be found widely in the UK, and in specialty stores and on the internet for the rest of us. Regarding rose water, this will typically be found in a specialty or heath food store. You’ll be looking for one marked “food grade.”
- 2 oz. Vodka
- 1/2 oz. Triple Sec Orange Flavored Liquor
- 2 oz. freshly squeezed Ruby Red or Pink Grapefruit juice (1/2 a grapefruit)
- 1/2 oz. simple syrup
- < 1/8 teaspoon rose water (Use just an itty, bitty bit – for real! Seriously, just drops. Any more than that and your Rose Tylertini will taste like soap.)
- Rose flavored Turkish Delight, for garnish
Add vodka, triple sec, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and rose water to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Shake it really, really well. Shake that cocktail shaker like it’s a shake weight and then shake it some more. The goal is to have teeny tiny bits of ice floating in the top of your martini because you shook that shaker so hard. After your vigorous upper body workout, strain the mixture into a martini glass. Cut a notch into the side of a piece of Turkish Delight to garnish the rim.
Your tribute to one of Doctor Who’s most popular companions will look something like this –