We received this rose syrup cocktail recipe, from Dine X Design via Hella Cocktail Co.—in time for last Valentine’s Day.

But we never got around to getting rose syrup.

This year, we found 4-ounce bottles of it, and are giving them as Valentine gifts along with a bottle of grapefruit bitters and this recipe (BYO vodka or gin).

If you prefer, you can substitute hibiscus syrup for rose. The syrup from Wild Hibiscus Flower Company has a candied hibiscus in the bottle, good for garnish.

Ingredients Per Drink

  • 3 ounces vodka or gin
  • 1 ounce rose simple syrup
  • 2-3 dashes Hella Aromatic Bitters (or bitters of choice)
  • Ice
  • Garnish: organic rose or hibiscus petals

    1. COMBINE the vodka and syrup io a mixing glass filled ice; stir well.

    2. STRAIN into a chilled coupe glass, topping off with a few dashes of bitters on top. Garnish with rose petals and serve.

  • If you can find a Turkish or other Middle Eastern brand rather than Monin or Torani, you’ll get more serious rose flavor.
  • If you want the cocktail to be pink of red, add food coloring. But for this cocktail, we prefer the elegance of the pale color.
  • If you have different flavors of bitters, test them to see which you like best. We preferred grapefruit or orange, but you might prefer the heat of chile bitters!.

    If you want to make your own rose syrup, here’s how.

  • 1 cup concentrated rosewater
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup fresh rose petals (organic—no chemical spray)
  • Optional: red food color
  • Clean glass container for storage

    1. COMBINE the ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a slow boil, stirring frequently.

    2. BOIL for 5 to 10 minutes, until the liquid becomes a thick syrup. Remove from the heat. Add the food color to desired intensity.

    3. STRAIN out the rose petals and pour the syrup into a the glass container.


    Rose Cocktail
    [1] Rose cocktail, flavored with rose simple syrup (photo courtesy Hella Cocktail Co.)

    Rose Simple Syrup Monin
    [2] Monin and Torani make rose-flavored syrup, but Middle Eastern brands have more intense rose flavor (photo courtesy Monin).< Faloodeh Rosewater Sorbet
    [3] Eat your roses in faloodeh, rosewater sorbet (photo courtesy The Persian Fusion).


    We love faloodeh (faludeh), the heavenly Middle Eastern rose water sorbet. We’re fortunate enough to buy it locally, in Middle Eastern grocery stores.

    It demands to be tried! Here’s a recipe.


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