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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!

Ingredients

    • 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)

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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