Today is Rose Kennedy’s birthday.
A Rose Kennedy is a cocktail comprised of vodka and soda water with a splash of cranberry juice.
There are cocktails which people know to order by name, such as Cosmopolitans and Manhattans. Then there are those cocktails which get ordered by their component parts, such as the standard vodka cranberry and also the subject of today’s post — the Rose Kennedy.
I don’t know when and how this drink originated, but at some point in the last year I read that a “Vodka Soda Splash” is alternately called a “Rose Kennedy.” Whether or not it’s a regional thing I’m not sure, but it’s definitely associated with the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern parts of the U.S.
Imagine this with a little less red, more pink and some bubbles:
That pic is from David Wondrich’s write-up in Esquire on the Cape-Codder, without which there would be no Rose Kennedy Cocktail (or Madras or Sea Breeze or Bay Breeze).
Proportions vary (and truthfully, there’s not a lot written about the Rose Kennedy Cocktail online). The nice thing though is that the recipe is pretty simple and straightforward. It is only a Vodka Soda Splash after all.
Rose Kennedy Cocktail:
•2 oz vodka
•2 oz soda water
•Splash of cranberry juice
Add all the ingredients into a rocks glass packed full with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.