a Turkish themed Valentine’s day dinner
Rose flavoring is used mainly in Turkish sweets and desserts. I also had some really nice rose flavored tea in Istanbul. This drink is inspired by all the rose flavor I encountered in Turkey.
Rose Pomegranate Fizz
makes 2 cups
4 tbsp Sugar (more, if you like it sweeter)
3 tbsp Water
2 tbsp Pomegranate molasses*
¼ tsp rose water
2 cups chilled club soda or seltzer
A few rose petals
Microwave the sugar and water just until the sugar dissolves. Let it cool. Then mix all ingredients together except rose petals. Stir well to combine.
To serve, pour into glasses and float a few rose petals on top.
Make sure you use roses that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides. Rinse the rose petals in cold water before using.
*If you dont have pomegranate molasses, use pomegranate juice. You may have to experiment with the pomegranante juice and club soda ratio (start with equal amounts of each).
This recipe yields a slightly sweet drink. Thats how we like it. If you want your drink to be sweeter, just use more sugar.
How to make your own rose water
I found rose water in my local grocery store. It will also be available in middle eastern stores. If you cant find rose water, here is a link to make your own on www.tipnut.com. See the section titled ‘homemade rosewater’. The recipe calls for steeping 1 cup of rose petals in 2 cups boiling water. Then cool, strain and use.