The rose garden cocktail - pic supplied
Can magic potions make someone fall in love with you? Over the centuries, the amorous have tried a bewildering, and frequently odd, assortment of ingredients in the pursuit of love. These have included: edible bulbs, mushrooms, mashed worms, various bodily fluids, garlic, onions, Spanish fly (actually a beetle), lentils, prunes, cucumbers, myrtle, and carrots. 

Despite Valentine’s Day mysterious and puzzling roots, it is discernible that people have observed St. Valentine’s Day for centuries. However, the question remains do love potions actually work? Among the elixirs of love and lust, pushing the boundaries of the peculiar, this Valentine’s Day, Hendrick’s Gin invites you to stir up your own Cupid’s Cocktail, the Rose Garden.

Love potions often call for many ingredients, and Hendrick’s Gin’s very own cherished cucumbers contain vitamin C, manganese and silica, which all play a part in keeping one lusty. 

With the Rose Garden cocktail perfectly infused with lemon juice and rose syrup, so that you can be the connoisseur of your love potions enchanting charm, it is without a doubt that the best love spell is indeed to love.


50 ml Hendricks Gin

15 ml Rose Syrup

25 ml Lemon Juice

5 sliced for Cucumber

Soda Water

Crushed ice and rose petals to garnish


Prepare the cucumber by removing the skin and the seeds. Add the cucumber to the cocktail shaker and muddle. 

Add the gin, rose syrup, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker. Shake the cocktail shaker until the ingredients are fully combined.

Prepare a glass (or dainty watering can if you have one!) with crushed ice.

Pour the cocktail mixture in the glass through a cocktail strainer.  Top with soda water.

Garnish with rose petals and enjoy this cocktail recipe.