In case you hadn’t noticed, the whole world’s gone crazy for rose water and we’re hardly surprised. Boasting numerous health benefits, a fresh and delicious smell and a pale-pink tone that looks lovely in just about anything, from face cream to fizzy drinks, it’s no surprise this traditional remedy is everyone’s favourite natural solution. Given the lovely weather here in London, we put together a refreshing cocktail recipe to make use of the fragrant, floral ingredient.
You Will Need
2 tablespoons of rose water
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
2 shots (50ml) of vodka or gin, depending on your preference
1-2 tablespoons of honey or agave if you’d like to make your drink vegan
2 tablespoons of pomegranate juice
A tall glass or tumbler
fresh rose petals, dried petals or a sprig of mint or rosemary to garnish
You can shake or stir this one so if you haven’t got a cocktail shaker lying around at home, don’t fret. If you’re set on shaking it, it’s easy to make a DIY shaker at home using a glass tumbler and plastic cup or beaker. Start by adding your rose water, lemon juice, honey and spirit of your choice into a glass.
Add your juice to give the mixture a little more colour and offset the sweetness of the honey. Add your ice and then either stir everything with a spoon or firmly place your plastic beaker or cocktail shaker over the glass. Give it a bash to make sure it’s all securely wedged together and give the drink a shake for 10 to 15 seconds.
If you’ve stirred your drink in the glass, add a few more cubes of ice and top up with soda water. If you’ve shaken it, strain the mixture into a new glass filled with ice and throw the ice in your shaker away. Top your new glass up with soda and add your garnishes.
The drink should be a lovely shade of pink so depending on what you want to go for, the greens of mint and rosemary sprigs will look super bold, whereas a sprinkling of fresh or dry petals will make the whole thing look like the sort of thing you’d be served in a magical secure garden. Either way you serve it, it’s a beauty.
Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth