Rose Petal and Raspberry Vodka Punch Recipe
July, 2015 · By Coryanne Ettiene
I never tire of the smell of fresh roses. And if you buy me a bundle of organic roses, the first thing I will do is pluck all the petals off to make a batch of rose water or rose infused vodka. There is something so aromatic about fresh roses that make me feel like summer from the inside out. When I sat down to write the production for my latest AOL video featuring this rose petal and raspberry vodka punch recipe, I was beaming with excitement at the flower market, so much so that one vendor asked if I was getting married. Ha! The truth is when I first tried homemade rose water I was on my honeymoon in Morocco trying to stay cool and beautiful while really looking hot, sweaty and weathered…but madly drunk on love. And today that memory is 15 years old and I’m toasting our anniversary with a tall pitcher of rose petal raspberry vodka.
Rose water is fragrant, intoxicatingly aromatic with a sweetness that explodes with each sip, but muddle the pedals wrong and it leaves a bitter aftertaste that will linger longer than you want it to. The trick with rose infused vodka is that you have to have perfectly fresh, organic rose petals with a hint of color to tint the vodka as it infuses. Allow it rest in a dark room or in a brown paper back for a few days, even a week if time allows. When the vodka is tinted, and that irresistible smell of roses pops once you open the lid, it is ready. I tend to use 6-10 petals for 8 ounces of vodka, but you can use more if you want a concentrated palate.
If time is not on your side, you can always skip the infusion and just accent your drink with rose petals, it will look brilliant, just lack that “umph’ of rose that makes this cocktail such a crowd pleaser. Watch the video on AOL to see how simple it is to make this rose petal raspberry vodka punch by clicking here, or hit play below.
Ingredients for 2 cocktails
- 4 ounces of rose infused vodka, more if you like it strong
- 2 cups of muddled fresh raspberries
- 1/2 cup of fresh lime juice
- 8 ounces of sparkling water
Many thanks to Sam Henderson at Savour Imagery for his great videography!