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Vanilla Rose Vodka Iced Tea

Vanilla Rose Vodka Iced Tea

Hey, it’s Friday! Time for a cocktail … I’m using my roses and rosemary to make a beautiful cold beverage to cool me down on this hot summer night. And there is so much to celebrate! So many of my foodie friends are reaching 3k and 5k milestones and my page is up to 8,000 plus … wow. I’m so grateful and blessed and happy. Thank you. We had a garden party to celebrate … if you want to see all the wonderful things my friends brought, go visit the Pinterest board.

Vanilla Rose Vodka Iced Tea

You can buy the rose vodka or if you have a good organic rosebush, it’s quite easy to make! (Rose vodka recipe is here.)

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened fruity iced tea (I made up some Lipton Peach Passion Tea using one of their iced tea bags and a quart of hot water)
  • 2 Tablespoons rose vodka
  • 1 Tablespoon rosemary syrup (recipe below)
  • 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • Club soda to top
  • Garnish: Organic rose or other edible flower petals, frozen into the ice cubes + a sprig of fresh rosemary

Fill a tall glass with ice cubes (for extra effect, freeze rose petals in the ice cubes). Add the tea, rose vodka, rosemary syrup and vanilla and stir to mix the flavors, then top with club soda and garnish with a sprig of rosemary (or better yet, a rose!) … and enjoy :)

Vanilla Rose Vodka Iced Tea

Rosemary syrup

  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar (to reduce calories, substitute stevia for part of the sugar)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup rosemary leaves (I just cut a bunch of twigs from my little rosemary plant … I didn’t measure them, and I didn’t bother to take them off the stalks either … they are going to get strained out in the end, after all)

In a saucepan, mix together the sugar and water for the rosemary syrup and heat to boiling, stirring till the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add the rosemary. Let the rosemary sit and steep for at least 15 minutes, then strain out the rosemary. Store in a covered bottle in the fridge.

This recipe was shared at Scrumptious SundaysWeekend Potluck, Manic MondayTotally Tasty Tuesdays and Foodie Friends Friday.

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11 responses

  1. It is already Saturday morning here but by noon today I will be making myself on of these gorgeous drinks. Congrats to you and it does not surprise me in the least as you have such wonderful recipes to share. Happy weekend. BAM

    July 6, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    • Ann

      That is so sweet of you to say that! Thank you … I hope you enjoy the cocktail. I find I am really liking the taste of roses, especially in a drink.

      July 6, 2012 at 10:44 pm

  2. Amazing! Can’t wait to see your rose vodka recipe!

    July 7, 2012 at 2:14 am

  3. Rose vodka?? I’m intrigued. This sounds so refreshing.

    July 7, 2012 at 7:25 am

    • Ann

      It’s lovely … tastes like a rose garden! I’m posting it today. It takes several days but it is so worth the wait!

      July 7, 2012 at 7:57 am

  4. Pingback: Making Rose Petal Vodka (or Rosewater) « Sumptuous Spoonfuls

  5. A Little to floral for me. Check this out you’ll love it! http://secretsofabartender.wordpress.com/

    July 7, 2012 at 10:17 am

  6. Sounds great! Have you thought of trying it with gin instead of vodka?

    July 7, 2012 at 11:23 pm

  7. kat

    Just too pretty! Anything with vodka I will drink! hehe :)

    July 12, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    • Ann

      Thanks Kat! I am really loving this drink … it’s so fun, drinking roses! :)

      July 13, 2012 at 8:19 am

  8. This looks like a tasty drink! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

    July 15, 2012 at 1:08 pm

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