Of course, it's not just the shoots and vines coming from our own back yards. According to Statistic Brain, $1.9 billion is spent on flowers for mom on Mother's Day. So apparently, most people have flowers in hand when they drop by to help mom celebrate her special day.
mentioned before that the petal doesn't fall far from the flower in my family. Just like I dream of owning a small bakery or cafe, mom dreams of owning a flower shop or a lavender farm. She's been talking about it since I was a little girl. I also love this old photo of my mom holding me as we stood in front of a rose bush in my grandparent's backyard. I don't know exactly when it was taken, but it's very possible that it was my mom's very first Mother's Day; I'd say I look about 6 months old in it, so the timing works. Obviously I associate flowers with my mom.
As I was pondering thoughts of a Mother's Day brunch cocktail, my kept wandering back to that photo in front of of the roses. I was looking for refreshing and light, but also memorable. I knew those roses needed to play a part, and I decided that a syrup infused with their floral essence would be just the thing. Gin, with its botanical elements just begged to be the liquor of choice. Add some bright lemon and the requisite girl-drink fizz, and the Rose Collins was born.
These cocktails would pair well with a Leek and Asparagus Quiche, a fresh fruit salad, Canadian bacon, and some croissants. Some crostini topped with tangy goat cheese and some tender young asparagus spears would lovely, as well.
Rose Collins cocktail
This Rose Collins is a slightly sweeter, rose-infused twist on a classic Tom Collins cocktail recipe. Makes a wonderful addition to Mother's Day brunch.
Prep Time: 5 mins + time to make and cool simple syrup
Keywords: beverage dairy-free nut-free soy-free vegan alcohol rosewater roses gin Mothers Day
Ingredients (1 cocktail)
- 1.5 ounces Tanqueray Gin, or your favorite
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 ounce rose simple syrup (recipe follows)
- 2 ounces club soda
- ice cubes
- 1 lemon slice
- fresh rose petals, optional
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon rose water
- petals from 1 rose, optional
Combine gin, lemon juice, and rose syrup in a shaker filled halfway with ice; shake until cold. Strain into a Collins (or highball) glass that is filled with ice. Top off with the club soda. Garnish with the lemon slice and a few rose petals.
Combine sugar and water in a small pot and bring to a boil, stirring until all sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the rose water and rose petals, if using. Allow to cool completely. Refrigerate in an airtight jar indefinitely.
While the rose petals are optional in this recipe (most of the actual flavor comes from the rose water), they really do add beauty to the presentation. They also add a bit of a blush to the simple syrup, depending on the color you use. Be sure to use petals from flowers that were not treated or sprayed with pesticides. The best place to find them is at the farmers market or in your own yard.
I received free product and a small stipend to reimburse the costs needed to create and share this cocktail with you. All opinions are my own.