The Juliet & Romeo: A Not-So-Tragic Gin Cocktail

juliet and romeo cocktail

Photo By Cassandra Stadnicki

Under loves heavy burden do I sink

The Juliet & Romeo name gives images of young love, passionate romance, and of course a tragic end. We don’t know why its creator went for the Shakespearean moniker but we promise the story ends well this time. The scent and presentation of this floral cocktail really bring you in. There is a perfume that comes off the drink that reminds you of being in a spring garden blossoming with roses and mint. The taste is light and the presentation is delicate and romantic – usually served in a dainty coupe glass.

The Juliet & Romeo cocktail was created by James Beard-nominated bartender, Toby Maloney of Chicago’s The Violet Hour. The drink was then picked up by mixologists across the country, including those at Dallas’ The Cedars Social which is where we finally discovered it. This has become a cocktail that our founders drink at home often, really enjoying the crafting process and mix of ingredients it takes to create this romantic beauty.

We prefer this drink for a light affair, perhaps lunch in the garden or the perfect signature cocktail for your next bridal shower. With the beautiful presentation, well balanced taste, and delicious scent of rose water – what’s not to love about the Juliet and Romeo?

Juliet & Romeo Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients (makes 1 serving)

  • 2 oz gin
  • 3 drops rose water (we use Nielsen-Massey)
  • 3 drops Angostura Aromatic bitters
  • 3 sprigs fresh mint
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 3 slices fresh cucumber
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • Tiny pinch of salt


In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber and mint with a tiny pinch of salt. Add the remaining ingredients into the cocktail shaker and let them marry together for 30 seconds. Add ice, shake vigorously and strain into your serving glass. Garnish with a mint leaf – place one drop of rosewater on the mint leaf and two drops of bitters on surface of the drink if desired.

Editor’s note: We recommend straining through a mesh strainer to avoid the cucumber seeds and mint bits floating in the drink.

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