(Makes 1 cocktail)
- ½ ounce rose liqueur* (see recipe below)
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce pomegranate liqueur
- 2–4 fresh rose petals
Combine first three ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass and garnish with petals.
*You can special-order rose liqueur from well-stocked liquor stores.
Rose Petal Liqueur (Makes a half gallon)
- Approximately 36 red rose petals
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
- 1 cup superfine sugar
- 4¼ cups vodka
- 1 cup water
Pluck the rose petals and remove the white tip that joins the calyx. Combine water and sugar in a saucepan, and warm for 5 minutes to make the syrup. Add rose petals and coriander seeds. Boil 5 more minutes, then remove pan from heat and cover until the mixture cools. Pour into a clean, airtight jar through a fine sieve. Add the vodka. Seal the jar and store it in a cool place for a month. (Refrigerated, the liqueur will keep indefinitely.)