The cocktail in question at Rose's Luxury was not entirely new. Made from rye whiskey, lemon juice, homemade rose syrup, and a couple dashes of bitters, it's a simple twist on the whiskey sour. But that touch of rose essence is just enough to make the drink seem like its own thing—a pleasing floral note mingling with the richness and spice of rye whiskey, lightened by citrus and dried out by bitters. After the first sip, I locked eyes with a friend who ordered the same. This was not merely interesting; it was really good. It was perfect for the weather (a spring day so balmy and sunny, it felt like summer), and it was something I was already planning on drinking all season long. It's the perfect drink for the whiskey drinker who wants to lighten things up in the summer. It's also the perfect thing, sprightly and pretty, to bring the non-whiskey drinker into the fold.