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Cocktail of the Week: Ling Ling Rose Rock

By Olivia Cuccaro

Rose Rock from Ling Ling Mykonos

  • 1 tsp cinnamon syrup
  • 1.5 oz lime juice
  • 2 tsp limoncello
  • 1 oz Cocci Vermouth di Torino
  • .75 oz Belvedere Vodka
  • .75 oz passionfruit juice

To create this cocktail of the week, add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake until ice cold. Strain over large rock ice in a tumbler glass. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

August in Mykonos calls for seaside sunning by day and refreshing cocktails at an open-air bar by night. If the salt in your hair and sparkling blue water doesn’t give you enough sense of place, the spicy and citrusy Rose Rock serves as a delicious reminder that you’re in Greece.

“When coming up with Rose Rock, I just had to look outside my window,” said Michael Alexandrakis, head bartender at Ling Ling restaurant, in speaking to Elite Traveler. “Amidst the white walls and bright blue waters for which Mykonos is known, there is this stunning, sun-drenched rocky terrain, and this contrasting landscape inspired me to create this cocktail. Just as the rough cliffs and boulders serve as a stark contrast to the serene waters and bright walls of Mykonos, I used the fresh citrus notes of lime and limoncello against rich spices of cinnamon and rosemary to create beauty and intensity among differing flavor profiles. Finally, the deep ruby color of the Cocchi Vermouth di Torino creates a beautiful amber shade with a rosy tint that matches the breathtaking rocky landscape of our island.”

Part of famed Hakkasan restaurant group, Ling Ling Mykonos opened its doors in 2015 to disrupt the traditional Greek cuisine scene with its Cantonese flair. If you’re in need of a break from souvlaki and gyros, small plates and mixologist-crafted cocktails offer a taste of the East izakaya-style, then you can dance the night away with Ling Ling’s resident DJs. The restaurant and bar offers a chic Asian-inspired interior complemented by an outdoor area adorned with greenery, perfect for sipping a Rose Rock under the stars.

Ling Ling Mykonos is located at Malamatenias Street Matogiannia, Mykonos, GR. For more information, please visit lingling.hakkasan.com.

Planning a trip to Greece? Check out the Elite Traveler Guide to Santorini.