Our raspberry bush has grown into a monster and in the process has swallowed up a couple of our rose bushes. While picking berries one weekend, I noticed a beautiful rose in full bloom, peeking out from the middle of some raspberry leaves. I started thinking about raspberry and roses and became very inspired. As I ran inside to grab my notebook, I stopped my husband and told him, “Remember these two words – raspberries and roses.”
Since that time, I’ve been trying to come up with some sort of flavorful combination containing raspberries and roses. I thought about baking, but fell short on ideas. So I turned my thoughts to beverages. I found that there are a lot of drinks that contain raspberry and rose water.
I didn’t want to create a cocktail and I’m already drowning in so many different types of teas. Instead, I thought about creating a simple, sparkling water using fresh raspberries from the garden and a splash of relaxing rose water. This drink may sound luxurious, but it’s rather easy to make!
- - 1 c. fresh or frozen raspberries, plus more for garnishing
- - 1/2 c. sugar
- - 1/2 c. water
- - plain seltzer
- - 1 tsp. rose water
- In a saucepan, add sugar and water over medium heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved to create a simple syrup.
- Add raspberries and crush with a potato masher. Stir until combined.
- Allow mixture to cool completely, then strain between two glasses.
- Stir in rose water, then top off drink with seltzer.
- Serve sparkling water garnished with raspberries.
If you find this sparkling water is a bit too floral for your taste, cut the rose water back to 1/2 a teaspoon. If that’s still too much, you can omit it and just enjoy a bubbly, raspberry drink. If you wish to turn this into an adult beverage, add a splash of white wine or vodka. This Raspberry and Rose Sparkling Water would make a great drink to serve at a bridal shower or baby shower. It’s also quite enjoyable to sip on a sunny, Summer afternoon! Enjoy!