Amor Towles delivers one of the most perfect novels of the year with A Gentleman in Moscow. The gentleman in question -- Count Alexander Rostov -- finds himself sentenced after the Revolution to a life of house arrest in his beloved hotel, the Metropol. Forced to give up his lavish rooms for a garret, he fondly remembers a grander time when there used to always be flowers in the Metropol.
Flowers in the Metropol
1.5 oz Metaxa
.5 oz rose water
.25 oz simple syrup
.25 oz lemon juice
1 drop Aftelier Perfumes Rose Chef’s Essence
Rose-petal ice sphere
Combine all in an ice-filled shaker. Shake well. Strain over ice.