As I'm kinda on a roll here with the rose thing, I thought I'd include one of my very own cocktails; a rose martini. It has a little hazelnut kick to it which rounds out the flavour and prevents it from being too floral. I also like to use bourbon vanilla extract which gives it a nice earthy note - perfect with rose. You can use caster /icing sugar if you like, I just use fruit sugar because that's what I have in the house. Needless to say, this recipe is not suitable for diabetics!
Naomi's Rose Martini Makes Two Martinis
3 shots of gin (Hendricks is my favourite) 1 shot of rosewater 1 shot of hazelnut liqueur (Frangelico usually) 2 drops of vanilla extract (Bourbon is the earthiest) 1/2 tsp fruit sugar sprinkle of fresh or dried rose petals (optional)
Place two martini glasses carefully in the freezer to chill.
Put the rose water, vanilla and fruit sugar into a tall glass (half pint or larger) leave for a few minutes for the sugar to dissolve and then add the gin and hazelnut liqueur.
Get the glasses out of the freezer. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour the contents of the glass over it. Do not shake! Swill the alcohol around the cocktail shaker for about 30 seconds until the shaker gets frosty and strain into the waiting glasses. Garnish as camply as you like with the rose petals or put a few blueberries on a cocktail stick and suspend in the glass.