Ginger Rose Sparkler

by Maggie Battista on February 9, 2012

in All Recipes, Drinks, Food Gifts

Sitting in my tiny Brooklyn apartment, during what’s been a whoosh of a week, I’m about ready for a cocktail. It’s almost Friday, how about you?

To be honest, I actually sipped a beautiful coupe filled with fig jam, rum and sparkling wine last night at local restaurant Dumont. It reminded me of my Sparkling Jam Cocktail and of this blog post that I’ve been eager to launch since Heidi and I shot it in December.

I’ve been stowing it away for this perfect moment, to release it as my tiny ode to Valentine’s Day.

I’m not sure if you celebrate Valentine’s Day, but we consider it a big deal around here. Ever since I gave out homemade Valentine cards to my friends, teachers, parents and even that boy who totally ignored me in second grade (you know who you are, CHRIS!), I’ve loved this holiday. And now that I’m into all things food, the holiday opens up so many reasons to bake, cook and, who’s kidding who, indulge in all sorts of festive sparkling beverages.

This cocktail couldn’t be easier. You can make it with the beautiful handmade products that we sell in our store, or with what’s likely in your baking cupboard. (Please know that if you’d like to purchase just the Morris Kitchen ginger syrup or just the Sabbathday Lake Shakers’ rose water, we’re happy to ship those two items off to you separately. Just email us!)

The measurements below suit my taste, but you may wish to heighten the spicy factor by adding more ginger. I go light on the rose water and while I promise not to judge you for going all out, I feel a little goes a long way. Rose water is available in most grocery stores and is used to add a delicate note of, well, rose to baked goods and dishes.

If you want to make your own ginger syrup, just boil equal parts of sugar and water in a pot on the stove and add in a big handful of fleshly peeled and chopped ginger. After the sugar is dissolved, let the pot sit off the stove for 20 minutes or until your desired sharp ginger flavor is achieved. This syrup will store in the fridge for a few weeks.

This Ginger Rose Sparkler is what I plan to drink on Valentine’s Day when my husband and I cook up our feast next week. We usually go a bit nuts, making several courses on the fly just for the two of us. But since I’ll be heading off to Paris for almost a month without him, I think we’re entitled to a bit of crazy, oui?

I hope you try this drink and if you do, please let me know what you think. Feedback is incredibly important to the cocktail creation process.

And if you’re still looking for a Valentine’s gift for your sweetie, your friend, your Mom or just the family, we still have available gift boxes, full of handmade food that I personally curated into a little statement of love. The links follow, as does the recipe! Happy almost Valentine’s Day!

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Ginger Rose Sparkler

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 tablespoons Ginger Syrup
  • 1 scant teaspoon Rose Water
  • 4 ounces Sparkling Wine or Champagne, chilled

Directions:

  1. Add the syrup and water to a wine glass.
  2. Slowly poor the Champagne into the glass.
  3. Use a tiny whisk or small spoon to provide one or two quick, gentle stirs. Serve!

All photos styled by Maggie Battista and Heidi Murphy, and taken by Heidi Murphy/White Loft Style.

Eat Boutique is a site + market that celebrates the best pure, local and comforting handmade foods. We call it: food that hugs you back. Looking for the perfect gift Valentine’s Day gift? Eat Boutique sells gift boxes filled with handmade sweet and savory treats. Send a gift box of handmade food today.

Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's writing her first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in fall 2015.

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  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This is such a pretty drink! Love this idea!

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

       Hi Katrina – thanks so much for the comment! It really is a lovely little drink. xox!

  • Chez Us – Denise

    I am still trying to decide what to do for Valentine’s Day – I believe we will be sipping these!!!  I, too, send out Valentines’s – fun little surprise for friends!!  

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      Yay for Valentine’s Day! xox

  • http://twosisterstwokitchens.wordpress.com/ Nikki

    What a great idea! I thought I was the only sender outer of Valentine’s Day cards, still. Then I got two this year from my girls. I’ll be mixing some of these cocktails up for the lovelies next time we are together. Thank you for this!

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

       Anytime, Nikki! I hope you like. xox

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  • jennifer

    please tell me where to find these glasses!!

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      Oh Jennifer, I don’t know! They came from my husband’s grandmother and we don’t know from where. I just love them. xox.

  • anu heda

    ginger syrup? Morris Kitchen isn’t too strong?

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      Nope! Morris Kitchen is what we use. xox

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