I have always preferred to jump into these posts, as if we were already in mid- conversation. Like we are old friends, who have sat across from each other over many lattes or shared one too many glasses of champagne at one too many dinner parties, but for the sake of this, I will quickly introduce myself. My name is Valerie, I am a creative director, photographer and filmmaker. I have spent my life either telling stories, or making every small moment as beautiful as it deserves to be. I have a lifestyle company called The Eternal Child, where I share my adventures either in the wilderness or at home. One of my favorite things to do is to bring together the people I love and feed them. I think creating beautiful gatherings its my love language.
I started at a young age loving pretty drinks. I thought of myself as quite a mixologist at the ripe young age of 17. While those drinks may— or may not— have been alcoholic, I purely loved the idea of making simple, mundane things, special. It may be a little bit more work, but my, how it brings such joy to the people you get to share it with. All you need is a little fresh fruit, some homemade simple syrup and something green, to garnish.
I am currently really into rose. I am just loving the floral these days, when I used to despise it. I have always loved a good change of palate. This cocktail was actually inspired by my 30th birthday, which was this past 13th of February. Yes, I am a Valentine baby and yes, rose is kinda the popular flower of this day, but that is not the sole reason why it is the star of this drink.
You see, when I was a little lady, roses were my absolute favorite thing. I had a rose painted bed spread and I collected every rose to tie up and dry in my bedroom for safe keeping. My mother even planted a rose garden outside of my window, which she told me was filled with flower faeries. I still believe it was.
So it only seemed right when planning my 30th birthday dinner to have this strawberry + rose cocktail be the main drink to bring in the new. It just may be my absolute favorite cocktail I have created to date. The sweet strawberry pieces mixed in with the light floral is just simply perfect and of course it is paired with my two favorites; Hendricks Gin + Prosecco.
Now that spring has graced Los Angeles, I have shared this cocktail with many friends, over many afternoons, usually in the sun. So the next time you find yourself hosting, try this little floral treat. It’s really quite special.
- Muddle 1-2 Chopped Strawberries with 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Rose Syrup
- 1 Part Hendricks Gin
- 2 Parts Prosecco
- Dash of Seltzer
- Garnish w/ Fresh Tarragon Leaves ( or mint ) + Dried Edible Rose Petals
- Begin by muddling strawberries with rose syrup in cocktail mixer. Make sure to muddle down strawberries to a liquid consistency and add as much rose syrup to your liking. I lean on the side of less syrup, but If you want more of a punch of floral you may want to double.
- Add one part gin and stir. Pour consistency into glass and top with prosecco or champagne. Make sure not to pour to fast, so not to fizz up and over flow. Top if off with a dash of seltzer and garnish.
- 2 cups water
- 1-2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon Rose water ( add more to your liking at the end )
- ¼ Teaspoon vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean
- Simple Syrup is usually equal parts water to sugar, but I always prefer to use less sugar and let it boil down to a thin syrup. Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil stirring occasionally. Lower heat and let simmer down to a thin syrupy consistency. Make sure to stir occasionally so not to burn.
- I have used the Vanilla Rose Syrup in so many recipes since I have made it. I especially love a dash of it either in my morning latte or a-top some coconut milk ice cream.