Drink your Flowers? Rosewater Lemonade
For my Valentine’s Day Cocktail Concoction I decided it might be fun to do a cocktail where you drink your flowers, so I am creating a Rosewater Lemonade Spritzer.
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 is flavor that I still enjoy to this day. It is a unique flavor and really taste exactly the same way a rose smells only it has been sweetened to taken away the bitter quality. 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 Lebanese Restaurant called Nicola’s. The owner Nic, a dear friend to this day, would endlessly ply me with one of my favorite drinks on the planet to this day, rosewater. As he would deliver me the beautiful red goblets 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 a glass Rosewater, because nobody 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 Nielsen Massey Rose Water Extract from my local gourmet food store.
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. Perfect for bridal and baby showers. You can also try this with strawberries for a festive Margarita on the rocks, frozen lime slices for a retro Cuba Libre, or grapes for that perfect Sangria.
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 grocery store. 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
Be sure to check out Part 2 of my Valentine Cocktail Concoction, featuring for him a Lavender Sazerac.
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