Give Your Valentine a Red Rose Cocktail This February

A beautifully dramatic cocktail can be the flourish to make any date night truly special.

Arlis Ceretti, the Woodmark Hotel’s food and beverage director, is sharing a specialty drink recipe that’s made extra swoon-worthy with a simple, homemade rose syrup.

Dried rose petals are a common ingredient in herbal teas and to flavor desserts; it adds a lightly perfumed sweetness that’s subtle and hints at the promise of spring. Use the extra syrup to add to plain seltzer water, mix into yogurt, or to make more Red Rose Cocktails, as its effervescent, fragrant taste is hard to resist.

HOMEMADE ROSE SYRUP

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 ounce dried rose petals (available at specialty markets, tea shops, or online; look for “edible” to make sure they’ve been preserved for food quality use)

Directions

Add the sugar, water, and most of the rose petals (save a few for garnish later) to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil. Allow syrup to cool, then strain and pour into a glass jar, and seal tightly with a lid.

THE WOODMARK’S RED ROSE VALENTINE’S DAY COCKTAIL

  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • ¾ ounce rose syrup
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • 2 dashes of aromatic bitters
  • 3 ounces Woodmark Brut or any rosé sparkling wine
  • Dried rose petals

Directions

Combine vodka, rose syrup, lemon juice, and bitters, into a cocktail shaker. Add ice, stir for 20 to 30 seconds, and strain into a sugared-rim martini glass. Top with sparkling wine, and garnish with dried edible rose petals.

Courtesy of the Woodmark Hotel

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