Bill Varney’s Lemon-Rose Martini

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Bill Varney founded the Fredericksburg Herb Farm in 1985. He sold this legendary Hill Country destination in 2007 and created URBANHerbal, a wonderful herbal haven adjacent to the original herb farm property. Bill is always creating unique herbal- or flower-oriented things to eat and drink. This luscious martini is a great example.

Makes 1 drink. Recipe courtesy of “Breakfast in Texas."

Super easy

Bill Varney’s Lemon-Rose Martini

Ingredients

For 1 Batch(es)

For the martini

  • 1/2 ounce(s) Texas-made vodka
  • 1/2 ounce(s) Thatcher's Organic Artisan Liqueur
  • 3 drops rose flower water
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ounce(s) rose simple syrup
  • 1 lemon peel strip, with no white pith
  • Pink or red rose petal

For the simple syrup

  • 1 cup(s) extra-fine granulated sugar
  • 4 ounces organic red rose petals
  • 1 cup(s) distilled water
  • 1 juiced lemon(s)

Bill Varney’s Lemon-Rose Martini Directions

  1. For the martini
  2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until icy cold.
  3. Run the lemon around the rim of a martini glass, then twist it over the glass and drop it in. Strain the martini into the glass and serve, garnished with a floating rose petal.
  4. For the simple syrup
  5. In a food processor, grind the sugar and the rose petals until the mixture is finely ground with beautiful rose specks.
  6. In a small saucepan, bring the water and the rose sugar to a boil and immediately reduce to a simmer. Add the lemon juice and stir until dissolved.
  7. Allow to cool. Bottle and store in the refrigerator for up to a month. 

Recipe notes

The simple syrup recipe yields 1 1/2 cups.

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