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Sparkling Rose Lemonade with Rose Sugar Rim


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So many fun things going on over here at Vigor + Sage. I’ve really been making an effort focus my energy on building a community for myself and my family. Lately, I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with friends on projects both creative and challenging. It feels invigorating (and somewhat overwhelming) to do things you’ve never done before and these new adventures are keeping me on my toes.

I was recently asked to catered a fundraising event hosted by my friends The Assembly Dance Company. When they asked me to come up with a signature cocktail for the night I knew it needed to be graceful with a twist. Serving a large number of people isn’t my norm so I wanted to keep everything simple but special.

This Sparkling Rose Lemonade is the perfect balance of tart and sweet with a hint of rose and sparkle. Spiked with vodka, its perfectly fitting for an evening dance performance, a Mother’s Day brunch or even an afternoon with the girls. So easy to make and so pretty to look at, just like a bouquet of roses. The rose sugar rim adds just the right touch of elegance, and honestly, its just fun! The pomegranate seeds look like little rosebuds floating around — so fancy!

For the Rose Lemonade:

6 oz lemonade

1 tsp rose water

2 oz sparkling water (I used strawberry flavor)

pomegranate seeds (optional for garnish)

For the Rose Rimming Sugar:

1 cup granulated sugar

1 TBSP rose water

In a small bowl, mix together sugar and rosewater until fully combined. It should look like and feel like wet sand. Pour mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet and leave to air dry (give it a few hours, I left mine overnight ). Store in an airtight container. 

To serve:

Rim the glass with sugar. Add ice and rose lemonade. Top with sparkling water and stir to combine. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds on top and voila! You’ve got yourself a rosey little lemonade.

One Comment

  • I’m up late, putzing around your blog and came across this beauty! Congrats on serving for such a large crowd with such a stellar cocktail. Beautiful. It makes me want to do more with roses. They are so classy, elegant, and {best part} so fancy. <3

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