Rose Milk (with homemade Rose syrup) – A Luscious drink for Pinktober
Its all Pink this October for the National Breast Cancer Awareness month. I had been wanting to post the Rose milk recipe for quite a while, but somehow it was always postponed. But now I’m glad that I’m making it now, stressing the importance of the Pink Ribbon this October, contributing my two cents to this cause.
To be very frank, initially I did not understand what all the fuss about breast cancer was and why it was being constantly stressed by media so much when there are other cancers that are equally malevolent. Then I took a minute to read up on this and I was shocked to know that breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women. I could find the statistics for U.S. only, as I believe U.S is very aggressively making a progress in spreading the awareness and collecting data for this issue. Please click here to know more about the statistics. It is overwhelming and actually scary to put the numbers here on this page.
The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month website gives you all the information about this disease, the preventive measures and the treatment options. Please be aware that this cancer can be diagnosed early and can be treated. Talking to your physician/doctor and scheduling annual checkups can help. Also please take part in this noble initiative and spread the word around.
Now coming to today’s recipe, I’m surprised that this is the first beverage recipe in my blog, after having blogged for more than a year! I guess I’m not too much of a beverage person!! I dislike sodas, but I totally love my coffee, tea, fruit based drinks and milkshakes. Rose milk has been one of my favorites since childhood. This is a very popular drink in India. We used to purchase the ready made Rose Milk syrup from stores. But after I came to the US, I decided to try my hand at making my own rose syrup as it is not available here. It wasn’t very difficult to guess the ingredients. Just a few trials and I had the perfect recipe for my very own homemade Rose syrup!! But wait, if you think Rose flower is an essential ingredient in this recipe, then you are right. But you do not have to go looking for fresh rose petals!!! Actually, I feel that rose petals smell fine as such but do not impart a lot of flavor to food/beverages. Some rose essence and rose water will do the job just fine You can make the rose syrup and store it in the refrigerator and then mix it up with milk whenever required. As simple as that!! The exotic flavor of the rose with the lusciousness of milk is a truly beautiful pair. Serve this to your guests and they will remember you forever! I usually make my rose milk with just milk. But if you like yours thick and creamy, you can definitely go ahead and use a combination of milk and half and half or milk and heavy cream. Its totally up to you. Actually I like mine even with skim milk, it tastes just fine!! And what you want to do with the Rose syrup is limited only to the ideas in your head!!
Are you all set to enjoy this exotic, luscious and aromatic drink??
For the Rose Syrup:
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Water – 1/2 cup
Rose Extract*- 1/2 tsp
Rose Water* – 1 Tbsp
Red Food color – 1/4 tsp
* These are easily available at any Indian grocer store or the asian aisle of your supermarket.
For the Rose Milk:
Rose Syrup – 2 Tbsp
Milk – 1 cup
Sugar – to taste
- Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and cook until the sugar dissolves completely. After that, cook for another 3-5 minutes. The resulting syrup is called a simple syrup. Cool this syrup to room temperature.
- Once the syrup has cooled, add the rose water, rose essence and red food color. Mix thoroughly and store in a bottle in the fridge. Use as required.
- This is how the rose syrup looks.
- To make rose milk, mix 2 Tbsp of this syrup in 1 cup of milk/heavy cream/half & half or a combination of any of these. Add more sugar if required. Serve chilled. Try not to add ice, as it dilutes the milk.
Aren’t the rose petals so pretty, the middle one looks like a heart!!!