The Perfect Addition to Your Tea, Coffee, or Cocktail
Floral syrups seem to be everywhere these days, and for good reason! Flowers such as rose, lavender, and tulip add a new dimension to a dish or drink; you can add it to anything from pancakes to salads to cocktails. Edible flowers also have stellar amounts of Vitamin C; no wonder Cleopatra used to bathe in roses and milk (allegedly). But you don’t have to be royalty to enjoy everything that edible flowers have to offer. Here’s a fun recipe for Rose Simple Syrup that we think is fit for a queen!
Ingredients (Makes 15 Cups of Rose Simple Syrup)
6 cups unsprayed rose petals from a deep red scented rose (we suggest the Mister Lincoln variety, available at Bath Garden Center)
12 cups of water
12 cups of raw evaporated cane sugar
6 tbsp fresh lemon juice (optional)
Rinse the petals thoroughly. Chop petals (by hand or in a food processor). In a large stock pot, bring the sugar, water and chopped rose petals to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let sit for 1-2 hours. This gives time for the rose fragrance to infuse thoroughly.
Place a double layered cheesecloth or muslin over a large bowl or another stock pot (we suggest having a helper or tying a band around to make sure the cloth stays taught while you pour). Pour the mixture over the cheesec