Rose water has an ancient history. The Persian word “panj” – now our “punch” – means “five”, and the five traditional ingredients in that ancient punch were rose water, sugar, grape juice, lemon and ice. The word “julep” also came from the Persian word “gulab” for rose water. (We learned all this from Jessica Kerwin Jenkins, an author with whom we collaborated to create this drink! You can learn more about her here.)
This recipe makes an icy, rosy sweet drink that is special enough – and delicious enough – that no one will miss the alcohol. Click here for the video.
2-3 mint sprigs, torn
1 oz rose syrup
1 oz ruby grapefruit juice, fresh
1/2 oz lime juice, fresh
Splash of soda/seltzer water
Shake first 4 ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with soda water. Garnish with a sprig of mint.