With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to create something to mark the occasion.
What’s the one flower most associated with Valentine’s Day? A rose, of course. What about fruit? Strawberries hands-down. So I set out to combine these flavours into a cocktail.
But how do you go about recreating the scent of a rose? Instead of going for an off-the-shelf solution like rosewater, I decided to create something from scratch. I took the petals off a rose and infused them in vodka.
The colour red is synonymous with the special day, so for this drink, I wanted to create the colour in various ways.
For the strawberries, I felt a nice syrup would do the trick and give it that strong red colouring.
Here’s what I came up with:
1 ½ oz rose petal-infused vodka
½ oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1 oz strawberry syrup
¾ oz lemon juice
Add ingredients except for club soda in a shaker and shake well. Strain into a Collins glass and top with club soda. Garnish with fresh strawberries.
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup strawberries
Add to pot over medium-high heat and stir. Muddle strawberries during the process. At the first hint of a boil, remove from heat and let cool. Strain out muddled strawberries and refrigerate.
Rose Petal-Infused Vodka
Rip off the petals of one rose and place into vodka bottle. Swirl around slightly and let sit for 2 days. Strain out the petals.
The great thing about vodka is that’s a fairly neutral spirit, making it a perfect vessel for flavouring. Infusing it with rose petals not only results in a subtle floral flavour, but also a beautiful light pink hue. It’s even great for a Valentine’s Day twist on more simple drinks like a vodka soda.
The result is a strawberry-forward cocktail with a hint of rose. It’s easy to drink and cries out Valentine’s Day.
So grab some roses and strawberries and get to work. And if you have any left over, I guess you could give them to your significant other.