Stop and smell the roses! Why not throw them in a cocktail and try drinking them, too? In all seriousness, rose water alcoholic drinks are one of my all-time favorite spring trends. If you’re wondering if rose water is safe to drink, it is, assuming you purchase the right products and/or make it correctly at home. I’ve been making my own rose water for the past few years, and I finally decided to try my hand at floral cocktails. I had my first rose margarita at restaurant called Meanwhile in Belfast in Maine. I loved it. Honestly, though, rose margaritas have a very distinct taste, and you’ll either love them or hate them. I’m a big fan, so I asked for the ingredients, tweaked them to accommodate what’s readily available, and recreated my own at home. Keep reading for instructions and a printable rose margarita recipe card.
Here’s everything you’ll need to make a refreshing rose margarita:
- Pink Himalayan salt
- 12 tbsp Tequila (the smoother, the better)
- 6 tbsp Cointreau or any other orange liqueur
- 8 tbsp Simply Lemonade or any other fresh lemonade
- 2 tbsp lavender syrup
- 1 tsp fresh rose water (you can either make your own or purchase the best natural rose water on Amazon)
- Fresh edible rose petals
Rose Margarita Recipe
- Sprinkle pink Himalayan salt on small plate. Wet rims of 4 cocktail glasses and dip rims into salt to coat.
- Combine ice, tequila, Cointreau, lemonade, lavender syrup, and rose water in a cocktail shaker. Shake well.
- Pour into cocktail glasses. Sprinkle edible rose petals on top as a garnish and for added floral taste.
- This cocktail is relatively tart. Decrease the amount of tequila and add more lavender syrup for a sweeter taste.
- Edible rose petals do add flavor, so be careful not to overdo them. Just a pinch is plenty for the aesthetic.
- You can substitute the lemonade with lemon squeeze. It’s a healthier and less sugary option.
As far as serving goes, I found these adorable pink glasses at Ikea, and I decided to go use them instead of traditional margarita glasses. Either style will do the trick!
This Shake, Shake, Shake cocktail mixer was a birthday gift from Ashley Brooke, and I absolutely love it. It makes such a nice addition to our bar cart. Shop it here!
It’s worth mentioning again that fresh rose petals do add extra flavor once they’ve been soaking for a few minutes. They look gorgeous in any quantity, so be sure to keep that in mind when mixing drinks for guests. The first time we made a batch, Kyle said his tasted a little too much like roses and gave me his drink. The next time around, I only added in a pinch of red rose petals, and he liked it much better.
I’ve started making rose margaritas by the pitcher, too! I usually double or triple this rose margarita recipe if we’re having company over. They keep surprisingly well in the fridge, and all you need is fresh ice!
With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, I foresee lots of rose margaritas in my future. Are you a fan of rose water alcoholic drinks? If you are, do you have a favorite recipe? I’d love to try it! If you’re not a fan, give this cilantro-lime mango jalapeno margarita a try instead! Cheers, y’all!