One of the prettiest ways to serve a drink woud have to be in the form of a cocktail. There’s just something about a clear glass filled with a simple (or complex!) drink, garnished with fruit or berries, herbs or vegetables, etc. etc. I personally like mildly sweet, fruity drinks. However, being underage (with less than a year to go!), I will have to settle with virgin drinks – which is fine by me because I can drink them at any time of day, during any activity. It works.
What’s great about THIS particular drink is its sophistication; you won’t even miss the booze a single bit. The lemon is tart, the rose adds a lovely floral note, and the pink color . . . well, it’s just lovely, that’s what! In fact, I think I’ll make one of these later on today:
Virgin Rose Cocktail ~ Serves 1
1/2 cup water (preferable distilled or purified, for a cleaner taste)
1 large, ripe strawberry*
2 TBSP lemon juice
1/2 – 1 TBSP agave nectar, to taste (you could also try substituting liquid sugar, stevia, or monk fruit extract)
1-2 drops (scant 1/16 tsp.) rose water
1 small strawberry, for decoration
In a small blender or Magic Bullet, blend the water with the large strawberry, until strawberry chunks cannot be seen (or are incredibly tiny). UNLESS YOU LIKE PULP, strain mixture into a liquid measuring cup (or cocktail shaker; I just use a measuring cup), and discard strawberry pulp (I’m personally not fond of pulp, so I strain; if you like it, by all means, keep it in! :)). Add lemon juice, rose water, and sweetener to the strawberry-water mixutre, and stir/shake well. Transfer to a cocktail glass and serve with a small strawberry for decoration. Enjoy!
*Substitution Note: The strawberry is used purely for color, so if you don’t have any strawberries, it’s fine to omit without it affecting the flavor. Alternately, if you have another red fruit on hand, such as cherries, raspberries, or even pomegranite, you can use them in the same way. Also, a splash of vibrant-red juice – such as black cherry, beet, or pomegranite – could be used to lend a pink hue to the drink. A drop of all-natural or organic food dye could work here, too.