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Rose Fizz

Cotswold Cocktail School - Rose Fizz Mocktail

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Primary ingredient: Rose Petals

A Brief History of a Rose Fizz

A drink made with lemons, dates, and honey was consumed in Mamluk Egypt including a lemon juice drink with sugar, known as qatarmizat. In 1676, a company known as Compagnie de Limonadiers sold lemonade in Paris. Vendors carried tanks of lemonade on their backs and dispensed cups of the soft drink to Parisians.

While Carbonated water was invented by Joseph Priestly in 1767 (with his pamphlet Directions for Impregnating Water with Fixed Air published in London in 1772), the first reference found to carbonated lemonade was in 1833 when the drink was sold in British refreshment stalls. R. Whites Lemonade has been sold in the UK since 1845.

Many varieties of lemonade now exist - pink, cloudy, clear, brown and rose, to name a few. 

Taste and Flavour Profile

 Rose Fizz delivers a tantalizing taste that's both refreshing and fragrant:

  • Floral Elegance: The rose flavour offers a delicate floral note that combines gracefully with the zesty tang of freshly squeezed lemon, creating a balanced and subtly sweet taste.
  • Citrusy Zest: The lemon's bright acidity enhances the drink, adding a crisp and invigorating quality, while the rose imparts a fragrant and slightly sweet aroma.
  • Subtle Sweetness: Rose Fizz carries a gentle sweetness, perfectly balancing the citrus and floral flavors for a refreshing and well-rounded taste.

The result is a beverage that's both aromatic and revitalising, offering a harmonious blend of floral notes and citrus zing.

Food Pairings

Rose Fizz pairs exquisitely with a variety of dishes:

  • Light Salads: Fresh salads with vinaigrette dressing or herb-infused salads complement the drink's floral and citrus notes.
  • Creamy Desserts: Rose lemonade pairs beautifully with desserts like panna cotta, macarons, or vanilla ice cream.
  • Citrusy Dishes: It goes well with lemon-based desserts, such as lemon tarts or lemon cakes, enhancing the citrusy flavours.
  • Spicy Foods: The subtle sweetness of rose lemonade complements spicy cuisines, like Indian or Middle Eastern dishes.

Bar Equipment

  • Hawthorne strainer & conical sieve
  • Coupe glass
  • Jigger
  • Boston Shaker

Ingredients

  • 30ml Rose water
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 30ml Simple syrup*
  • Soda water 
  • Optional - ginger slice
  • Garnish - edible rose petals 

    Method

    • Combine rose water, simple syrup and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker along with the optional ginger slice and shake until cooled
    • Pour liquor into a chilled coupe glass and top with soda water
    • Garnish with a few rose petals

    *Simple syrup - 1 part sugar to one part water. Gently heat in a pan until sugar has dissolved and allow to cool

    What's the best Rose Petals for a Rose Fizz?

    When selecting rose petals to make rose lemonade, it's essential to choose petals that are not only edible but also impart a pleasant and fragrant floral flavor. Here are some key considerations for choosing the best rose petals:

    • Organic and Pesticide-Free: Opt for organic roses or roses grown without the use of pesticides, as you want to ensure that the petals are safe for consumption.
    • Culinary Roses: Look for varieties specifically labeled as "culinary roses" or "edible roses." These are cultivated with taste in mind and are safe to use in food and beverages.
    • Fragrance: The best rose petals for rose lemonade should have a strong and appealing rose fragrance. This aroma will infuse your drink with a delightful floral essence.
    • Variety: There are various rose varieties to choose from, such as Damask, Bourbon, or Centifolia roses, each offering slightly different flavor profiles. Experiment with different varieties to find the one that suits your taste.
    • Colour: While the colour of the petals isn't the primary consideration, if you want to add a visual element to your rose lemonade, you can select petals that match your preferred color theme. Keep in mind that the flavour is more important than the colour.
    • Freshness: Opt for fresh rose petals whenever possible. They should be plucked just before use to ensure the best flavour and aroma.

    You can often find culinary or edible rose petals in well-stocked grocery stores, specialty food stores, or online retailers that cater to culinary enthusiasts. If you have access to homegrown organic roses, you can also use petals from your own garden, as long as they meet the criteria of being pesticide-free and edible.

    Before using rose petals in your rose lemonade, make sure to rinse them gently to remove any dust or debris. The addition of rose petals can provide an exquisite visual appeal and a delicate floral flavor to your beverage, elevating the overall experience.

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