For thousands of years, humans have been obsessed with extracting the essence of roses. Prized for their medicinal uses and beautifying properties, roses are history’s favorite flower.
Rosewater is a liquid made from steeping rose petals in distilled water. Rose-infused drinks are powerfully aromatic. It’s found in drinks from champagne, gin, and sparkling wines and provides a distinctive floral character or bouquet.
If you’re planning a get-together, you’ll need an impressive beverage to wow your friends. We’ve gathered a group of rosewater drink recipes that will have your guests coming back for more.
How to Make Rosewater
Rosewater is the basis of all the recipes in this article. Rosewater is incredibly easy to make. Dried rose petals can be substituted for fresh ones. The final color of your rosewater will vary on the roses used and how long they steep.
Alternatively, food-grade rosewater can be purchased online or found at your local Indian grocery store. Pure rosewater is clear. Avoid any rosewater with added ingredients.
1 cup rose petals (or dried food-grade rose petals)
1 cup distilled water
- Spread rose petals in a bowl.
- Bring the distilled water to a roiling boil and pour over rose petals. Steep for 30 minutes.
- Allow water to cool. Strain the petals and pour them into a glass or plastic bottle. Store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
Recipe 1: Rosewater Lemonade
This simple rose-flavored lemonade is perfect for your next picnic or cookout.
6 cups water
2/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon rosewater
1 cup sugar (or more to taste)
1 drop red food coloring (optional)
Blend all ingredients in a pitcher. Chill and serve over ice.
Recipe 2: Cupid’s Arrow Cocktail
A rosewater drink that will astound your senses.
1 ounce botanical gin
1/4 ounce elderflower syrup or elderflower liqueur
3 drops rosewater
In a martini glass, combine the first three ingredients. Add a dash of bitters. Makes 1 martini.
Recipe 3: Bubbly Rose Mimosa
A new spin on the traditional mimosa. This cocktail is perfect for your next brunch.
9 ounces of chilled champagne
3 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon grenadine
1/4 teaspoon rosewater
1 orange slice or maraschino cherry for garnish
In a cocktail glass, combine the first four ingredients. Top off with ice and garnish. Makes one cocktail.
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Erika Marie is a fashion and beauty writer as well as a hardcore vintage clothing enthusiast. In her free time, she can be found thrifting for hidden gems to add to her collection.