I can’t believe the first day of fall is around the corner. Even during this pandemic, summer was a blur of relaxing afternoons on the deck and beautiful evening strolls. In the spirit of the end of summer, I’m excited to share one last cold drink recipe with you. Enjoy it on a lingering warm, sunny day before fall comes in full swing. It’s sparkling and goes lovely with a grilled meal or even an afternoon tea. The combination of lemon, mint, and rose is incredibly refreshing and I can guarantee you’ll enjoy it as well.
I had never considered using rose water to flavor a water-based drink. Sure, we use rose water in Indian desserts, but the thought of using it in a sparkling beverage was a new concept to me. After tasting a similar drink at a Turkish restaurant, I immediately began wondering how I could recreate it myself at home. I felt rose water would provide a more subtle and less sweet rose flavor than rose syrup, and was delighted to see that my hunch was right.
It’s fast and simple too. Why fuss around with sweetening and flavoring sparkling water when sparkling lemonade provides a quick and easy base for the drink? I prefer pink lemonade because the color feels fitting for a rose-flavored beverage, but any sparkling lemonade will work. It’s also the perfect way to use mint if you have extra mint on hand.
So give it a try! Especially since we’re spending more time at home right now. Take a break, and enjoy a new refreshing drink on a lazy weekend afternoon.Print
- 10–15 fresh mint leaves, rinsed
- 2 tbsp rose water
- 1 Liter sparkling lemonade (I use Trader Joe’s Sparkling Pink Lemonade)
1. Muddle the mint leaves with a mortar and pestle. Alternatively, tear the leaves, and place them in a pitcher.
2. Pour the sparkling lemonade into the pitcher
3 Add in the rose water and stir to combine
4. Chill for 4-6 hours, or overnight before serving. The mint flavor will strengthen over time.