Drink Your Roses
If you missed the boat and didn’t get any Valentine roses for your sweetie, there’s still hope. Tell her you held off on the flowers for something a little more creative and “handmade”, in fact – a rose cocktail!
Just last weekend I had this fantastic Rose Martini. The pink-tinted concoction was just a touch sweet with an amazingly light freshness only rose water can provide.
If it had not been drinking this at a dinner in Mexico, I would tell you exactly what was in it. But the language barrier just couldn’t be overcome when talking spirits in Spanish. But I have some decent taste buds and found a recipe I think will be very similar.
So pick up some rose water and a single rose (for the petal garnish) on your way home. Go ahead and grab a box of chocolates too! Tomorrow your sweetheart might have the best Valentine rose story around!
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 1/2 cups vodka
- 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon rose water (see Note)
- Ice cubes
- 24 edible rose petals (optional; see Note)
- In a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Let cool, then stir in the vodka, lemon juice and rose water.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add one-fourth of the martini mixture and shake. Strain into 2 martini glasses, garnish with rose petals and serve. Repeat to make the remaining martinis.
Notes :Rose water is available at Middle Eastern and specialty shops. Quail Mountain Herbs grows edible rose petals; call 831-722-8456 for retailers.
If you prefer flavored vodka’s, Belvedere has a Rose Martini recipe that’s probably on the sweeter side.