This Valentine's Day, we're toasting the ones we love with a pair of rose-infused cocktails. Our first drink, the Valentine Rose, derives its floral flavor and pastel color from homemade rosewater simple syrup. For those who prefer a tart cocktail, our Rosy Elderflower Pucker pairs a sparkling pressé with a splash of zesty limoncello and a lemony sugar rim. Read on for both recipes.
Rose Simple Syrup
4 cups granulated sugar
2.5 cups water
Juice from 1 lemon
1/2 cup rosewater
Boil water and sugar in a saucepan for around 10 min, stirring occasionally. Add lemon juice and rose water, then simmer for an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool, then use immediately or store in a clean container that is well-sealed. (We used a Weck jar for storage.)
Valentine Rose (makes 4 servings)
6 tablespoons fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
8 fresh mint sprigs, plus extra for garnish
1/3 cup rose syrup
Vodka (to taste)
Lemon slices for garnish
Place ice in a cocktail shaker, then add vodka, mint sprigs, grapefruit juice, and rose syrup. Shake well (for at least 20 seconds), strain ice and mint, then serve over ice with a lemon slice and mint sprig for garnish.