When Life Gives You Roses

Welcome back, Blind Piggers!  How was your President’s Day weekend with mattress sales and Roasted Breckenridge Cherries?  Our weekend was eventful to say the least.  There is always excitement with two teenage boys living at home and festivities with friends.

This week we are closing out our Roses Are Red February Series with an aptly chosen cocktail — The Rose Old Fashioned.  We found this recipe in the Dallas Morning News April 28, 2018 issue.  Instead of sharing it in April, we thought this cocktail  is perfect for a couple of weeks after Valentine’s Day.  Your bouquet of roses is fading by now, but don’t throw those rose petals out! Oh no!  When life gives you roses… make a Rose Old Fashioned.

Yes, this cocktail is made with rose water from your very own roses.  Don’t know how to make rose water? Pish!  It’s easy.  First rinse rose petals from one-two roses.  Place them in a bowl and let them dry out.  This will take about 2-3 days depending on how old your roses are.  When ready take 1/4 cup of dried rose petals and place in a small sauce pan with 1 1/2 cups of water.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Reduce the temperature and simmer until the color of the roses has completely faded. (Enjoy the beautiful rose scent that fills your kitchen.)  Ours simmered for about 45 minutes.  Remove heat, but leave the lid on the saucepan and let it cool completely.  Use a strainer to strain petals from the water.  The water now has a nice rose color.  Store in an airtight container.

Next use the rose water to make Rose Simple Syrup.  You make simple syrup the same as usual, but this time you add a little rose water to the mix.  Place 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of rose water in a saucepan.  Heat over low until the sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and let cool.  We know what you are thinking, “Making that rose water was a lot of work for 1/2 teaspoon in the simple syrup.”  You couldn’t be more right, but aren’t roses always a little high maintenance?

For the Old Fashioned add 5 dashes of bitters and 2 teaspoons of chilled rose simple syrup into a rocks glass and stir.  Add a block of ice.  Pour two ounces of whiskey over the top and garnish with a swirl of orange peel, a blood orange slice and a rose petal.

Too alcohol forward for you, ladies?  Perhaps this is a way to show your guy some extra appreciation for that bouquet he gave you? Or as we like to say, “We have mixed drinks about feelings.” 🙂

You may be wondering what you should do with all that extra rose water. We learned it has a variety of uses, such as,

  • Soothes skin irritation.
  • Soothes sore throats.
  • Reduces skin redness.
  • Helps prevent and treats infections.
  • Contains antioxidants.
  • Heals cuts, scars, and burns.
  • Enhances mood.
  • Relieves headaches.

But don’t take our word for it. Visit the folks at healthline.com. 

If you are viewing this post via email, check out the Rose Old Fashioned on our website for a downloadable version of the recipe.

Posts you may have missed in our February Series, “Roses Are Red.”

You Say Tomato… We Say Bloody Mary

Love You More Cookies

Rosa Spritz

Roasted Breckenridge Cherries

Have a great week!   Next week we will be sharing some great March posts with you.


Disclaimer:  Beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older. We do not condone underage drinking, and never drink and drive.