In our previous post we explained that flowers have different meanings, symbolisms, and are regularly used to express sentiments. We also shared our favourite flower-infused cocktails using Pansies and Lavender. Today it’s the turn of the queen of flowers, the mighty Rose.

You will probably know that red roses symbolise love and desire and it has long been a symbol of love and passion, with the ancient Greeks and Romans associating roses with the gorgeous Aphrodite and Venus, goddesses of love.

The rose is also deeply associated with one of the most iconic English civil wars, The Wars of the Roses.  Fought for control of the throne it pitched supporters of two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet against each other: the House of Lancaster, associated with a red rose, and the House of York, whose symbol was a white rose.

Roses come in a variety of colours, and each has their own meaning (my favourite pink is for friendship, awww!). Red, the lover’s rose, signifies enduring passion; White, humility and innocence; yellow, expressing friendship and joy; Pink, gratitude, appreciation and admiration; Orange, enthusiasm and desire; White Lilac and Purple roses represent enchantment and love at first sight. The number of stems in a rose bouquet can also express specific sentiments.

And not surprisingly, June – the month so often associated with weddings – is National Rose Month!

Below some of our favourite cocktails but if you are after simplicity why not simply purchasing our Monin Rose syrup? Perfect to make blushing cocktail with prosecco and can also flavour mock-itails and bakes. Enjoy!

Rose

 

Lady Rose

1/3 oz. rose syrup

1/3 oz. pomegranate syrup

1 1/3 oz. vodka

1 oz. cranberry juice

3 fresh strawberries

Red rose

Directions:

muddle strawberries and liquids in a shaker tin. Fill shaker with ice cubes, and shake vigorously.

Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a red rose.

 

Rose Martini

1 1/2 oz. vodka

1 oz. White crème de cacao liqueur

1/4 oz. rose water

1 drop of pink food colouring

Pink rose petals

 

Directions:

Place the liquids in a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake to chill. Pour into a martini glass and float one or more rose petals.

 

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