La Vie En Rose

Photo Credit: Lauren J. Mapp
Valentine’s Day menus often feature stereotypical “aphrodisiacs” like chocolate and strawberries, but floral elements can just as easily be incorporated into love-inspired seasonal cocktails.

In preparation for this Valentine's Day, I infused Tito's Handmade Vodka with rose petals to create a new craft cocktail: La Vie En Rose. Shaken with housemade cardamom syrup and fresh-squeezed lemon juice, the drink is finished off with a splash of brut rosé and topped with a sprinkle of dried rose petals.

Rose petals are used in Persian cuisine and are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, according to Spiceography. Behind the bar, they most commonly appear in the form of rose water. By infusing the petals directly into the vodka instead of using rose water in this cocktail, you get a more potent flavor combined with a beautiful, rosy hue.

Mix up this drink with your favorite Galentines at home, or stop into Mess Hall at Liberty Public Market to sip on it at the bar.

La Vie En Rose 🌹 

🥀 2 oz. Rose Petal-infused Vodka
🥀 1 oz. Cardamom Syrup
🥀 1 oz. Fresh-squeezed Lemon Juice
🥀          Brut Rosé
🥀          Organic Dried Rose Petals (garnish)*

Add rose petal vodka, cardamom syrup and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker. Shake for 10 seconds, then double strain into a chilled coupe. Top off with a splash of brut rosé and garnish with rose petals.

Rose Petal Vodka

🥀 1 oz. Organic Dried Rose Petals*
🥀 1 750 ml Bottle of Tito’s Vodka

Add rose petals and vodka into a metal or glass container, stir and let sit for one hour. Once the rose petals are drained of most of their color, strain the vodka infusion through a chinois (fine strainer). Discard the petals and store the vodka until needed.

*Note: When using rose petals in food and beverage, make sure to always use petals that are organic and food grade to ensure that they are safe to consume. Flower petals treated with pesticides and other chemicals can make you sick upon consumption.

Cardamom Syrup
🥀 1   oz. Ground Cardamom
🥀 16 oz. Hot Water
🥀 16 oz. Granulated Sugar

Fill two empty tea bags with ground cardamom and soak in hot water for 30 minutes. Discard tea bags and reheat water. Add sugar to cardamom tea and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Cool at room temperature before storing in the refrigerator.

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