I’m finally coming to the realization that summer is over. Not because it’s September or because they started serving pumpkin flavored everything at the corner coffee shops. Summer is over because today marks the 10th and final video from the summer video series I collaborated on with the talented Jamie Oliveira.

I really enjoyed making these videos, and I hope you liked them too. As much as I love taking photos for my posts, I think the medium of video conveys a little something more about the experience of creating.  When I am in my little kitchen, working with raw ingredients, I get lost in it all. In the fragrance, in the textures, in the combinations and the process and the magic of the final product.

This last video combines my passion for creating with my love of celebrating with friends. My heart sings when I can come together with loved ones over good food and wine, and belly laugh well into the night. I am usually most inspired during these experiences – seeing what dishes people proudly create for their friends. I like to prepare for such events by researching interesting cocktails, and ever since I posted about making rose water, I’ve been dying to make a cocktail with it.

This drink is light and fresh. A bit of muddled cardamom, some fresh citrus juice, and honey-sweetened rose water with a hint of gin.

Rose Cardamom Citrus Cocktail

  • 3 tbsp. rose syrup
    • 1 cup rose petals (make sure they aren’t sprayed and are super fragrant)
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 3 tbsp. raw honey
  • Seeds from 1 cardamom pod
  • 1 oz. gin (I used Tanqueray, but Hendrick’s might be better since it’s infused with rose and cucumber)
  • 1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 oz. fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 4 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

Make your rose water by pouring hot water over fragrant rose petals, and covering with a plate for 30 mins. Then separate the petals from the water and bring to room temperature. Combine 1/4c. with raw honey and mix around to make your rose syrup.

Muddle cardamom seeds at the bottom of a tall glass or shaker. Add in the rest of the ingredients (gin, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, and bitters). Add ice, and lightly shake for 20 seconds. Strain over a lovely glass, and garnish with a rose petal.

(Video by Jamie Oliveira)

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