Here in the Portland, Oregon area the roses are starting to bloom, so it is Rose Festival Season! I just love this time of year when my rose bushes are at their prime and they have the most lovely, fragrant blooms. Since I grow my roses organically and don't use any chemicals on them, I can use them in drinks and dishes! What a win!
I hope that you enjoy this fun and quick drink recipe that you can make to celebrate the roses this season! You could also add some rose water to amp-up the rose flavor if you desire.
Rose, Strawberry Lime & Rose Mock Tail:
1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries
1 key lime, quartered
1/4 cup maple syrup with infused rose petals (you'll use 1-3 tablespoons of this for 1 drink, then save the rest)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup rose petals
4-5 rose petals (for muddling in drink)
1. Put strawberries & lime pieces & 4-5 torn fresh rose petals into a tall glass.
2. Make syrup: bring to a simmer the water and maple syrup. Add the 1/4 cup rose petals. Infuse the syrup for 10 minutes while it cools.
3. Add 1-3 tablespoons of the infused syrup to the glass. Muddle with a wooden spoon or muddle. Then, add crushed ice and sparkling water to taste. Taste your drink for sweetness and add more of the syrup to taste.
This drink is yummy and refreshing. It won't taste a lot like rose petals but it has a unqiue flavor.