Padma Lakshmi says, "When I was a child, the only way I would drink milk—the unhomogenized kind you get in India—was if my granny swirled a couple teaspoons of rose syrup into it. Today, I love the floral accent and the frilly pink tinge it gives mixed drinks."
Cocktail Party Recipes
Organic, unsprayed rose petals, for garnish
6 cups chilled club soda
2 tablespoons rose syrup (see Note)
3 cups ice, plus more for serving
1 tablespoon torn mint leaves, plus whole leaves for garnish
1 1/2 cups vodka
2 tablespoons sugar
How to Make It
Put the rose syrup and sugar in a small glass bowl and microwave until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the syrup into a large pitcher. Add the vodka and the torn mint and stir. Stir in the soda and the ice. Strain into tall ice-filled glasses and garnish with whole mint leaves and rose petals.
Rose syrup can be found in Indian markets and at specialty food stores.
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