It is the end of May and yes, it is the start of summer. Cocktail time!
I bought this rose syrup last year thinking it would be nice in cocktails and seltzer. I love rose anything, but I was nervous the syrup would be too flowery. Luckily it wasn’t and is delicious. It is light and delicate, perfect for drinks of any kind. The company that makes it is called Royal Rose Syrups. They are located in Brunswick, Maine. You can find more of their syrups on their website here: www.royalrosesyrups.com. I believe they used to be out of Brooklyn and that’s why they have a Brooklyn phone number.
On the bottle of rose syrup is a recipe for a cocktail called an Irish Poet. (What a great name right?) And let me tell you, it’s a wonderful drink. It’s refreshing, delicious and not too sweet. Since the base of the drink is iced tea, it is perfect for summer. I also appreciate that there are few ingredients: Iced black tea, lemon juice, the rose syrup and whiskey. You can easily make up a pitcher before your guests come over for your barbeque.
Summer here we come! Enjoy-
2 oz whiskey (Irish whiskey if you have it)
¾ oz Royal Rose Rose syrup
½ oz lemon juice, fresh
cold black tea
I used earl grey for this recipe, but use whatever black tea you like.
You can either add the whiskey, syrup and lemon juice to a shaker and then strain into a highball glass with ice and top with the tea
Add whiskey, syrup, lemon juice to a highball and stir. Add ice and top with tea. Stir again.
Either way it’s delicious. Enjoy!