Rose Petal Vodka
This beautiful infused vodka takes just 48 hours to make. The most important thing is to use roses that have not been sprayed with pesticides or exposed to other pollutants – best of all would be those from your own garden. Wild rose varieties can work, but tend to have a more delicate scent than their cultivated cousins and will give a fairly subtle flavour. For best results, pick clean, freshly opened, highly scented blooms on a dry, sunny day. When the vodka is ready, why not try our simple cocktail suggestion, below?
- 2 large handfuls of fresh, fragrant rose petals
- 750ml good-quality vodka
- Pick over the rose petals and brush off insects or dirt. Put them into a sterilised 750ml (or larger) glass jar and pour over the vodka. If any petals poke up above the surface of the liquid, push them down with a clean spoon. Leave to infuse for 36–48 hours, shaking the jar regularly.
- Strain the vodka through a sieve lined with muslin. If you want a deeper rose flavour, you can at this stage repeat the whole process and infuse the vodka with a second batch of fresh petals, and strain again.
- Using a funnel, pour the strained vodka into a clean bottle or bottles and store in a cool, dark place.
To make 4 short measures of Rosy Blush cocktail:
Pour 250ml rose petal vodka into shaker or jug and add 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice and 3 tablespoons sugar syrup (see note above). The vodka will immediately turn pink. Add ice and shake or stir well until thoroughly chilled, then pour into 4 glasses and add a rose petal to each, if you like.
Vodka recipe by Wild Food UK, cocktail recipe, development and photos by Otherwise