Tom Ford

JULY 2020

Where the love of mixology and good music combine

Tom Ford is one of my favorite celebrities; the definition of a Renaissance Man.  In 1990, he took the struggling Italian fashion house of Gucci, and turned it into one of the most sought-after brands in the world.  Ford has wrote, directed, and produced award-winning films.  His fragrances are some of the best in the world.  A perfectionist in everything he does and how he lives Tom Ford exudes class and style.  I present a cocktail in his honor that is based on one of his favorite scents: rose.   

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Flavor Profile: sweet rose




1 1/2 oz Wine Cask Finished Whisk(e)y

1 1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth

1/4 oz Rose Infused Simple Syrup

2 dashes Vanilla Bitters

Egg White



Optional:  add rose petals to the whisk(e)y you chose to a container, and let sit for 24 hours.  Strain the petals out of the container, and the result is a rose-infused spirit that really adds to the flavor.  


Dry shake egg white.  Fill Boston Shaker with ice.  Add ingredients.  Shake for approximately 30 seconds.  Strain into a martini glass.            

Garnish: Rose petals

My Take:


Rose is a polarizing flavor in the cocktail landscape.  While bouncing the idea of a rose cocktail off a friend of mine she relayed the story of spitting a cocktail with this ingredient in the face of a bartender.  My hope is that this attempt fairs better.  I wanted rose to enhance the recipe instead of dominating the overall flavor profile, and I think I achieved that here.  The wine cask finished scotch I chose, a cask-strength port-pipe finished Craigellachie, really pops with the rose and sweet vermouth.  Finally, for more balance I added an egg white and vanilla bitters.  Though I make no guarantees, the result is a cocktail that I hope drinkers won’t spit in my face!


Music Pairing:


“Bed of Roses” Bon Jovi “Keep the Faith” (Mercury, 1992)


I used to croon this song to my future wife while we dated.  For some reason, she still married me.  Seriously, this song is one of Bon Jovi’s best ballads.  It’s as timeless as a Tom Ford suit.  Cheers!