Did you say, Drink your Flowers?
My Valentine’s Day Cocktail Concoctions, Part 1 Rosewater Lemonade. Flowers aren’t just for bouquets anymore, try a fun floral based cocktail.
I have recently been drawn to revisit the idea of edible flowers and floral extracts to integrating into recipes for special occasions. As a small child I loved to drink lebanese Rosewater, and that passion has never left me. Imagine it, the mid 80’s in Atlanta, GA. My family, which aired a bit more on the progressive side, would journey regularly downtown Atlanta to the most amazing little Lebansese Restaurant called Nicola’s. The owner Nic, a dear friend to this day, would ply me up with one of my favorite drinks on the planet, rosewater. As he would deliver me the beautiful red goblet of sweet rosewater, he would say “a rose for my little rose” which as a small child would tickle me with great delight. I still frequent Nicola’s restaurant, and I still have my rosewater, because no body makes them quite like Nic.
Today I have decided to share a spin off recipe of the rosewater in the form of a rosewater lemonade cocktail. Keep in mind there are several ways to make your own rose syrup. You can purchase hydroponic food grade roses, which are grown only in water, no dirt, and are never sprayed with any type of pesticides. This type of rose petal can then be boiled and reduced down into a rose water extract. I actually did not go down this route, for sake of time. I was simply able to purchase this lovely Nielson Massey Rose Water Extract from my local Sur La Table.
Now as I mentioned above you can get food grade edible flowers, Gourmet Sweet Botanical offers some great ones. I have added them to water in a large block ice cube tray to create a stunning visual appeal. Let these set up over night for a show stopping addition to your cocktail.
- DESIGN TIP: You can do this process with lots of things besides flowers, to create pretty ice cubes. Try frozen strawberries for a festive Margarita on the rocks, or frozen lime slices for a retro Cuba Libre.
If you are not very skilled in bartending, or find yourself short on time, you can actually purchase ready made Rosewater Lemonade at your local World Market. I do find that if you use the premixes you may still wish to add splash more rose extract and lemon juice to give a fresh vibe.
- 2 tbsp Lemon juice, fresh
- 3/4 cup Sparkling water (plain or even LaCroix Lemon is a great option)
- 1 1/2 oz Vodka (optional)
- 2 tbsp Rose Water Extract
- 1 tbsp Honey
- Splash of Grenadine (for color)
- Add a fun Ice Cube
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