Your classic white wine spritzer. Just fancier.
My friend Yelena has recently mastered the art of creating craft cocktails. From making her own infused syrups to incorporating ingredients like bourbon-soaked cherries, I have been beyond impressed with her creativity. The result is always something fresh + fantastic. Recently, she used rose petal ice cubes in one of her creations. So, I decided to make my own ice cubes to add to one of my favorite summer drinks: the white wine spritzer.
However, I did not follow instructions; I simply tossed the petals into an ice cube tray + hoped for fancy ice. The petals ended up on top of, instead of inside, the ice cubes. And although pretty, I didn't particularly enjoy petal pieces floating around in my beverage. After telling this to Chef Y she mentioned I needed to partially fill the ice cubes with water before freezing, adding the petals and freezing a final time into petal perfection.
A few weeks after the fancy ice fiasco, I visited my mom in California. Always one to enjoy a white wine spritzer, she made me her latest libation: adding a splash of rose water to her spritzer. I immediately feel in love with the refreshing, floral combo. And after adding the rose petal ice cubes, I knew I had found my new summer love :)
- 1-2 fresh roses
- 1 bottle of white wine (Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc is my favorite)
- 1 bottle of sparkling water
- 1/2 tsp rose water (my mom purchased her bottle from a local mediterranean store but you can order online)
Rose Petal Ice Cubes
1. Fill an ice cube tray one-third of the way. Freeze.
2. Add petals to top of the ice; add water to fill the tray 2/3 of the way. Freeze again.
3. Fill the tray the rest of the way with water before final freezing.
White Wine Spritzer
1. Add 2-3 ice cubes to each wine glass
2. Fill each wine glass 2/3 of the way with sparkling water
3. Top off with 2 ounces of white wine
4. Add a few drops of rose water to each glass + enjoy!