In certain cuisines, the petals and hips of the rose are considered an indispensable spice. We’ve used rose hips in a number of our recent recipes, but today we’re turning our focus to the petals.

For most of us, a long-stemmed rose is synonymous with love, romance, Valentine’s Day and matters of the heart. In Western Herbalism the rose (Rosa spp.) is literally used for the heart – both cardiovascular and emotional.

Rose petals are described as having a sweet, mildly bitter and (cooling) astringent flavor. They’re analgesic (pain relieving), antidepressant, cardiac tonic and nervine (calming to the nervous system). They also cool inflammation and help to restore the tone of lax tissue (which is why rose continues to be a popular ingredient in anti-aging skincare!)

This cocktail recipe begins with a rose simple syrup. Simple syrups are aptly named, because they are so easy to make! Infused syrups are great to keep around as quick cocktail mixers – the perfect addition to add a delicious floral flavor to a variety of beverages (try it with lemon juice and sparkling water for a non-alcoholic version!)

For an extra impressive garnish, don’t skip the pretty and aromatic rose sugar blend for rimming the glass! It only takes a few minutes to make, and it really adds to the presentation. ♥

Combine with the bright, happy energy of lemon, and you’ve got a pairing that’s as uplifting as it is delicious. Keep reading to learn how to make an elegant twist on a classic lemon drop martini that’s sure to impress at your next girls’ night! ??