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Fresh Rosewater + Grapefruit Cocktail

photo credit: Erica Hampton 

I’ve always been a little obsessed with rosewater. Recently, I realized how easy it was to make at home. Not only is it a natural beauty staple but I love the flavor, too. You can drink it plain or add it to smoothies and cocktails.

Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, a rosewater cocktail definitely fits the occasion. I added a little grapefruit juice for some tanginess which paired perfectly.

The best part of this recipe? If you make a big enough batch of rosewater, save some in a spray bottle in the fridge and use as a refreshing mist all week!

The Recipe:

Fresh Rosewater: 

This recipe can be made with either fresh or dried rose petals. I prefer the dried version because they are easier to work with. I bought mine on Amazon here but you can also find them at most health food stores or tea shops.

Bring a pot to a boil. Start sprinkling the petals in and gradually turn heat down to low. Cover and let it sit. After about 15 minutes, you’ll start to notice the petals turn a pale white and the water getting a rosy color. Once that happens, turn the heat off.

Place a strainer over a jar or pitcher and pour the water through. Place in the refrigerator to cool. The rosewater should stay fresh for about a week.

Once the rosewater is cooled, you can start preparing the cocktail.

You’ll need:

  • 2 oz. of vodka
  • 2 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz. fresh rosewater
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. simple syrup
  • 4 oz. tonic water
  • Dried rose petals, for garnish

Combine all ingredients (except rose petals) to a cocktail shaker. Serve over ice or in a chilled glass. Garnish with rose petals and finish off with another splash of lime juice.

Want more information on the benefits of rosewater? Check out this great article from Elle Magazine here

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