If you’re still not sure what to serve for Valentine’s Day or, if you just need a dazzling but quick cocktail any time of the year, this is hands down the best easy Champagne cocktail to make in a pinch.
This rose water cocktail is the sexiest two-ingredient drink
With just two ingredients, it has got to be the easiest Champagne cocktail you’ll ever make. By adding just a trace of rose water to a simple and elegant glass of Brut Champagne, you’ve turned a flute of Champagne into an aphrodisiac cocktail. Just like that!
A two-ingredient rose water Champagne cocktail
The recipe was originally printed in my cookbook Romancing the Stove: The Unabridged Guide to Aphrodisiac Foods. I’m now sharing it here because I’m frequently asked for a simple yet aphrodisiac cocktail recipe and it really doesn’t get any better than this. And the ingredients for this Champagne cocktail are ones you don’t have to run out to get fresh. They’re both staples you can keep in your pantry. (Doesn’t everyone keep a stock of Champagne on hand?)
Using rose water
Rose water is a liquid distillation from rose petals. It is that lovely floral note in a traditional, Turkish baklava. While it was used in Asia and the Middle East as a flavoring agent since at least the Middle Ages, it wasn’t known in the United States until the 1800s.
If you think rose water offers a sickeningly floral aroma you’ve probably experienced a bad – possibly synthetic – version of this faintly fragrant liquid flavoring. Good rose water should be subtle. It is pricier than you might expect, maybe $10-$12 for a bottle the size of vanilla extract. And it should be used sparingly for the ultimate enjoyment. I use it in the cake recipe in my first cookbook, Fork Me, Spoon Me.
Rose water is considered an aphrodisiac. The flower is associated with Aphrodite and according to Temptations: igniting the pleasure and power of aphrodisiacs, rose petals fueled countless Roman orgies.
But rose water is also associated with health. In addition to its association with sexual health, this fragrant extract is antioxidant-rich. It’s also known to soothe sore throats. According to a 2011 study, it may also be a mood enhancer. What better to get you in the mood for love than an ingredient that puts you in a good mood?
You don’t need to be a bartender to make this easy Champagne cocktail
I originally made this Champagne cocktail recipe because I wanted everyone to feel like they could make an exotic cocktail, even those who don’t know how to cook. So forget hiring a bartender for your next party. Just get a bottle of good, quality rose water and stock up on mid-priced, Brut-style Champagne or sparkling wine or Prosecco. I often use a modestly priced Cava in the $10 range to make this drink. Just find a bottle of Brut-style bubbly you find delicious and wow your guests with this elegant and aromatic drink.
Champagne with a Rose Water Kiss
- 2-4 drops high quality rose water
- 10 oz Brut-style Champagne or sparkling wine Cava works exceptionally well
- Place 1-2 drops of rose water into each of two Champagne flutes. (Use an eye dropper to ensure the right amount.)
- Top each with 5 oz of Champagne or sparkling wine.
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