Drink Your Flowers? Rosewater Lemonade

Did you say, Drink your Flowers?

My Valentine’s Day Cocktail Concoctions, Part 1 Rosewater LemonadeFlowers 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. 

Rosewater Lemonade

Grocery List: 

  • 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
For a single drink, mix all items into a shakers with chipped ice. Shake for 30 seconds and decant into a glass of your choice.
 
BULK: This recipe lends itself to be made into large dispenser based cocktails as well. Perfect for a shower or ladies luncheon.  Just pile in a few floral ice cubes into the base of dispenser and multi the recipe to fit your dispenser size. Mixing- I recommend that you dissolve the honey into the lemon juice first then mix with the rest of the ingredients. 
 

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29 Comments

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  3. This sound super tasty and I love that it is based on rosewater, a very fun idea for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for the inspo.

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  5. Those ice cubes are really something unique for Valentine’s and super easy. Plus it is not just more sugar on the scene. Thank you for all your effort on this web site.

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  10. How sweet would this be for a Valentine’s day dance, or Sadie Hawkins as it is here. I pam pinning this idea.

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  12. You actually exceeded my desires with this post. It is perfect for Valentines Day and thank you for showing us all those valuable, and educational tips as well as fun guidance on edible flowers.

  13. When I originally commented I had no idea that you had so many insightful posts. Great work and love those ice cubes!

  14. Youre so cool! Those ice cubes are some of the sweetest things I have seen in awhile.

  15. This is a fun little post with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, so glad I saw it in your holiday tab. I guess this is probably from last year but It is still super cute to do a flower theme.

  16. My husband and i were very satisfied the we tried this cocktail, it is more of a summer time drink in my opinion but I am not sure when you originally posted it.

  17. You actually surpassed our expectations. I appreciate you for coming up with the warm and friendly, trusted, family recipes.

  18. Rosewater Lemonade even before you add in the alcohol sounds really interesting, I like the idea of edible flowers, that is cool.

  19. I have never encountered Rosewater Lemonade, but it sounds very good. I like bloggers that do interesting things not just the same old stuff. Thanks for the variety.

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  21. Your post is valueble for me. I would like to try this drink soon. Thanks!

  22. Thanks I have a ton of lemonade and need to spice it up some. Never thought of Rose water.

  23. Thank you for stopping by Nikki. I love flowers so much they just get integrated into everything I do.

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