Written by Peter Gouvatsos

Fellow savvy readers of the FMMS blog, my name is Peter, and like you and the Five Men, I have a great appreciation for cocktails and home mixology. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing The Men for a very long time. Long enough that our crafty mixed drinks used to consist of vodka and cranberry juice, in red plastic cups, and garnished with… friendship, I guess?

I’m excited to be sharing my first post today, because, well, the Men are contagious and I love making sh!t too. Without further ado, and with many thanks to FMMS for having me, enjoy your time well spent with a new cocktail!

Photos by ADV Photography

Like its namesake, the flower accessory to your suit, this cocktail makes a statement – boldness increased by the addition of florals… except with alcohol.

I got the inspiration for this cocktail when staring at a canister of cardamom in my spice rack and wondering how to incorporate it in a marinade. Suffice to say, I was feeling bold – Are you following the theme yet?

In my search, I came across a recipe for rosewater and cardamom cookies, a combo that got my cocktail senses tingling. Following the formula of the standard Old Fashioned, I gave life to this concoction by infusing simple syrup with rose water and vanilla, and replacing the standard Angostura with cardamom bitters. As a base, I used a spicy American Rye for depth and, ahem, boldness.


2 oz American Rye Whiskey (I like George Dickel Rye)
½ oz rosewater and vanilla syrup (see recipe below)
2 dashes Cardamom bitters
Orange peel
Rose petal

Add all the ingredients into an ice-filled stirring glass. Stir until well chilled (I count about 50 stirs). Strain into rocks glass over a large cube of ice and garnish with a heavy orange peel and a rose petal.

Rosewater and Vanilla Syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
3-4 drops rosewater
1 drop vanilla extract

In a pot, add 1:1 equal parts sugar and water, and stir to dissolve over medium-high heat. At first signs of a boil, remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes. Upon cooling, add 3-4 drops of rosewater (No more than that. Rosewater is very potent) and 1 drop of vanilla extract. Stir again and ready. Refrigerate the syrup in a clean bottle or Mason jar; it should keep for about two weeks.


This variation to the Old Fashioned delivers a complex but balanced harmony of a spicy rye bite, mellowed by floral and citrus notes. The garnish further emphasizes the floral and citrus aromas, and accessorizes the drink with its own sophisticated flower pin.

So friends, at your next cocktail party, enhance both your suit jacket and your menu by adding a Boutonnière. Let the boldness be noticed… and consumed. Cheers!

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  • Nikki Reklitis October 12, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Peter, I’m impressed with your creativity. Can I drink this if I’m not wearing a suit jacket?
    I love cardamom and added broken-open pods to the custard the last time I was making galaktoboureko. It was amazing. Nice write-up!

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