The rose is a symbol of love and joy. Aside from its beautiful scent and stunning colour palette, it is the rose’s joyous and celebratory symbolism that makes it perfect for Christmas!
A sherbet is different from a syrup or cordial. Unlike a traditional sweet syrup, no heat is used in the preparation of a sherbet. A sherbet has a gorgeous complexity and depth of flavour as well as a botanical brightness which means less sugar and more goodness.
This recipe creates a bright pink and fragrant liquid that can be added to gin and vodka beverages. Poured over iced soda water for a gorgeous nonalcoholic drink or drizzled on top of ice cream and many other sweet treats. It’s 100 percent natural and can be a fantastic gift, bonus, it’s super simple to make.
Where possible use an old rose variety like Rosa Damascena, but if you don’t have access to these, any fragrant unsprayed variety will do the trick.
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6 fresh, fragrant unsprayed roses
1 generous handful of fresh garden mint leaves
1 cardamom pod (optional)
100g fresh or frozen strawberries
1. Remove the petals from the roses and place them in a glass bowl
2. Peel the lemons and add them to the bowl with the rose petals
3. Tear the mint leaves into small pieces and add them to the bowl
4. Add the sugar to the bowl
5. Using a muddler or pestle, thoroughly bruise the rose petals, mint leaves, lemon peel, and sugar
6. Mix the strawberries into the rose-tinted sugar mixture
7. Juice the lemons, and add to the mix
8. Cover and leave in fridge overnight
9. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, jelly bag or muslin cloth
10. Bottle in a clean glass with a sealable lid. Keep refrigerated and it will last up to a month.