RECIPE: Rosy gin cocktail
A home-made rose syrup makes this sparkling cocktail something special. You can leave out the booze and serve it as a summery mocktail, if you wish
Rose petal syrup:
250ml (1 cup) water
200g (1 cup) white sugar
4-6 rinsed, organic single-colour roses
30ml (2 tbsp) gin
10ml (2 tsp) rose petal syrup
60ml ( cup) tonic water
125ml ( cup) soda water
1 small strip orange zest
To make the rose syrup, heat the water, sugar and roses in a saucepan, and stir to dissolve the sugar then bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Allow mixture to cool. The longer you leave the petals in the syrup, the more intense the flavour will be.
Taste and check the flavour, and, when you're satisfied, strain the syrup into a jar and refrigerate for up to one week - saving for more rosy gin cocktails.
To make the cocktail, pour the gin and syrup into a highball glass. Add a few ice cubes and top up with the tonic and soda water. Gently squeeze the zest oil into the glass, then drop in the orange zest itself...