Is there anything more refreshing on a hot summer’s day than a glass of fresh lemonade- sweet, tart, and chilled to perfection? Well.. there might be: a glass of fresh lemonade with crushed mint and a dash of rose water. Yes, rose water.
Rose water is one of those ingredients that we hear about often enough, but do not really encounter in many recipes outside the Middle East, although it does have its place in many cuisines from French to Indian. This very Middle Eastern ingredient, made by steam distilling rose petals to extract the essential oils, and whose origins are traced by many back to ancient Persia, is most commonly used to flavor desserts. Its relative rarity in Western cuisines and among home cooks is perhaps because of its potency and bitterness; if not used correctly, in right places and in just the right amount, it is definitely overwhelming, and not in a good way. But just few drops of it in your mint-lemonade can take this trademark summer drink from amazing to heavenly…try it!
Outside the Middle East, rose water can quite commonly be found in specialty food stores or Middle Eastern grocers.
In good health,