The bits of confetti that you see on the rim of the glass isn't what you think it is. No, it's not paper. It's actual chapped pieces of fresh rose petals! What a stunning idea! I love this!
I can totally see this for a wedding signature cocktail. Of course, it could be for any event really. But I love the idea of using fresh flowers and really dressing up the presentation of a cocktail. There are so many out there that get bugged over wasted garnishes. Some say the point is to give extra flavor and what not to the gastro-imbibing experience. They scoff because patrons drink their spirits and leave glasses full of left over garnish. Or it sits in a wadded up napkin.
My contention is that part of the "experience" of the beverage is the presentation and visuals. Just because I might not have eaten or consumed it with my mouth doesn't mean I didn't gorge on it with my eyes!
Back to the cocktail...
Rose Pomegranate Martini
1.5 oz. Vodka
Numi Organic White Rose Tea
1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth
1.5 oz. Pomegranate juice
3-5 Fresh mint leaves
1 dash Cherry bitters
1 dash Aromatic bitters
Rose petals (Organic)
Honey (to rim the glass)
In a shaker, combine 1.5 ounces pomegranate juice, 1.5 ounces vodka infused with white rose tea, half an ounce of sweet vermouth, 1 dash of each bitter and 3-5 broken mint leaves. Shake with ice and pour into your pre-garnished cocktail glass.
Infusing your Vodka
To infuse your vodka with Numi Organic White Rose Tea, simply pour 1 cup vodka into a container and add one tea bag. Seal the container (mason jars work great for this!) and let it sit for a few hours or overnight in a cool dark spot. When it's done your vodka should be amber colored (like sweet tea). Sometimes floral drinks can get a little overwhelming and taste a little more on the potpourri side. But this tea was perfect for getting all the flavor I like without going too far.
1. Chop colored rose petals into tiny bits, like confetti.
2. Use a clean paint brush to brush honey onto one side of the rim of your glass. Be sure to keep the honey only on the outside of the glass, not the inside.
3-4. Press the honeyed rim onto the rose petal bits until it is completely covered with confetti!
NOTE: If you want your rose petals to be edible, be sure to buy organic roses. They're not easy to find, but some of our local grocery and health food stores carry them from time to time.