This delicately perfumed light, fizzy Rose and Cucumber Collins cocktail is a perfect pre-dinner sipper. With refreshing cucumber and a homemade rosewater syrup it is the perfect compliment to aromatic gin.
The creation of this recipe has been sponsored by Sodastream.
Perfumed, delicate rosewater can be a wonderful thing. Add too much to food, or a cocktail, and it's like eating a candle!
If, like me, you've ever had a bad experience with rosewater then you can be a little apprehensive at the thought of adding it to your food or drinks. But believe me, when it works, as in the case of this wonderful Rose and Cucumber Collins, it can be a truly beautiful thing.
First up you'll make a batch of homemade rosewater syrup. Basically its a simple syrup, to which you'll add lime juice and rosewater. If you take a look at the recipe it may seem like a scary amount of rosewater, however, after simmering away for 10 minutes you'll not only have wonderfully perfumed kitchen, but the most amazingly gorgeous syrup that you'll want to add to everything.
The rose syrup pairs beautifully with delicate shavings of cucumber, which have a ever so slight floral note all their own. Add a splash of gin and sparkling water from my Sodastream and you have the most amazingly addictive homemade rose and cucumber collins. Perfect for sipping on those long hot summer evenings.
For a day time/mocktail version, simply omit the gin, and it's just as delicious, refreshing and cooling.
So tell me, what is your favourite cocktail to sip on long hot summer evenings?
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Rose and Cucumber Collins
- 2 ½ cups water
- 4 cups raw sugar
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice
- ½ cup rosewater
CUCUMBER AND ROSE COLLINS:
- shaved cucumber
- 30 ml gin 1 oz
- 15 ml rosewater syrup 0.5 oz
- sparkling water soda
- mint sprig and dried food grade rose petals
- Add the water to a medium saucepan, along with the suger, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and simmer for 10 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved. Add the lime juice and rosewater and cook for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour into a sterilised jar or bottle and allow to cool.
- Use a peeler to peel long strips of cucumber. The cucumber should stick to the sides of your glass. Press it around the glass to create a swirl effect. Add the gin and rosewater syrup, ice and top with sparkling water. Stir well. Add a sprig of mint and rose petals. Serve
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I have rose water in my pantry! I love a gin cocktail, and this one is calling my name 🙂 I almost bought a Sodastream last week... Maybe it's time I do! Gorgeous photos, too, by the way 🙂
Lisa | Garlic + Zest says
I love using cucumber in cocktails, but I'm inexperienced with rosewater -- I like the sound of it, though -- and it certainly looks like a tasty summer sipper!
wow! This is definitely new to me. Never thought of adding rose to cucumber drinks! sounds interesting
Brian Jones says
What a lovely sounding refreshing drink, I love the flavour of cucumber and make a cucumber lemonade in summer that is just fantastic. Totally agree with you about rosewater, a little really does go a long way and you do jhave to get it just right.
Nicole @ Delicious Everyday says
Yes, rosewater is really one of those things where a little goes a long way. Thanks for your comment Brian 🙂
Krysten (@themomnoms) says
This is an absolutely beautiful drink!
I have never used a soda stream before, but I want to get one now to make cocktails.
I can just taste the rosewater... oh my gosh.
Nicole @ Delicious Everyday says
Thanks Krysten 😀
A very refreshing drink! It must taste lovely.