Spring is flower season and buds of all kinds are popping up around my neighborhood and in my backyard. I love the look of pinks, yellows and oranges flourishing in a green landscape, and with all the rain this year, the colors are even more vibrant. Flowers of all kinds show up on dishes at restaurants especially in salads, side plates and sometimes even in cocktails, which make this season a bit more fun.
Rose is a flavor that you often see in many Middle Eastern dishes, especially desserts of baklava and rice pudding. However, that same essence can be composed in a drink to sip casually in the evenings, or at a wedding celebration or other occasion. In this cocktail the taste of rose is slight, but elegant and truly amazing when combined with vodka, elderflower liqueur and rose water.
The simplicity of this cocktail is what makes it so tantalizing, not to mention beautiful. I topped it with crushed dried rose petals for a pretty touch and a reminder of how lovely flowers can be in anything.
5 ounces vodka
1.5 ounces elderflower liqueur
1 tablespoon rose water
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed rose petals
(Makes 2 Cocktails)
- In a cocktail shaker, add ice to rim. Add vodka, elderflower liqueur and rose water, place lid on top.
- Shake for 2 minutes, until liquid is ice cold. Strain into martini glasses and top with a pinch of dried rose petals. Serve immediately. Enjoy!