Our slide show is all about how to grow rose-scented geraniums in the winter and in the summer, indoors and out; how to propagate cuttings into new plants; and how to use the fragrant leaves in cocktail and dessert recipes. Plus: How to perfume your bath with the leaves!
One of the nicest botanical cocktails is iced vodka, infused with the scent of the rose geranium. For a non-alcoholic drink with the same delicate notes, iced tea can also be scented with rose geranium sugar syrup.
ROSE GERANIUM SUGAR SYRUP
1 cup water 1 cup sugar 5 large, freshly picked rose-scented geranium leaves
1. In a small saucepan, bring the water and the sugar to a boil, constantly stirring until sugar is completely dissolved.
2. Remove pan from heat; add 5 large, freshly picked rose geranium leaves, and stir until they wilt.
3. Cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Remove the leaves.
ROSE GERANIUM VODKA COCKTAIL
1 1/2 oz. vodka 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice 1 1/2 oz. rose geranium sugar syrup (recipe above)
1. Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker. Add ice cubes, shake well, and strain into a martini glass.
2. Garnish with a tiny rose geranium leaf.
Makes 1 cocktail.
ROSE GERANIUM ICED TEA
For a fragrant iced tea, stir 1 or 2 tbsps of sugar syrup in each glass of tea. I find the syrup's complex sweetness complements both green and black tea.