Looking for an alluring avant-garde drink that is cool and refreshing? Then this rose geranium spritzer is the one. Mrs. Iyengar who is my dear friend Rahika’s Mom came over for tea one Sunday afternoon some time back and Aunty who loves flowers and gardening noticed my rose geranium plant as she was leaving and casually gave me a quick recipe for rose geranium syrup. I thought why not try and make her rose geranium syrup? I must admit I was pleasantly surprised how wonderful it turned out. The syrup has the enticing flavor of rose essence similar to what you find in Middle Eastern desserts with an edgy herb flavor. Try this rose geranium syrup in a spritzer for a refreshingly unique and artsy drink that is perfect on a warm summer evening.
Aunty explained that she used to make rose geranium syrup many times back in Tangiers where she lived for a big part of her life. Aunty taught math at an international high- school in Tangiers for over 30 years. She explained how in Tangiers local people make a rose geranium drink with the syrup to have on hot sweltering North African afternoons. They also make a rose geranium water (without the sugar) and keep it in the refrigerator to use as a freshener and a light body mister.
Here is a pretty cool rose geranium recipe from a very cool Aunty! Give it a try!
Rose Geranium Simple Syrup
recipe courtesy of Mrs. Iyengar
- 30 rose scented geranium leaves washed
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- In a pot bring water to a boil and add rose scented geranium leaves. Boil on low heat for 10-15 minutes until the rose scent is released.
- As the leaves are boiled in the water they will turn an ugly green color, but the fragrance will be lovely.
- After the fragrance is released, remove the geranium leaves and set aside.
- Add 1-cup sugar and dissolve in the scented water. Bring to a low boil until the sugar is condensed into syrup, about 10-15 minutes. Cool the syrup to room temperature and then store in a bottle to use later.
- My syrup lasted for more than 3 months in the refrigerator. Over time the color of the syrup will turn slightly darker into a more dark golden in color, but the flavor will stay the same.
The rose geranium syrup can be used to make a wonderful little glass of an alluring avant-garde spritzer. Here is the recipe.
Rose Geranium Spritzer:
- Put 2-4 tbsp rose geranium syrup in a small glass. Add 1/2 cup chilled sparkling mineral water and stir with some ice cubes.
- Garnish with fresh rose geranium leaves and serve.
- You can also make this spritzer with Sprite or have it just diluted with cold water.
- This is meant to be a small glass of an exotic drink. To serve more rose geranium spritzer, use a larger glass and double the recipe.
Cook’s Notes: For those who want to turn this into a cocktail, I’m sure a splash of Vodka will do the trick 😊.