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Desert Bloom: A Drink Fit for A Princess (or Prince)

Another installment of Broadway Libations: This drink is perfect for sharing with your B.G.F (Best.Genie.Forever)… it is great for Arabian Nights and wooing beautiful princesses… Also provides courage for fighting ugly bad guys while singing.


2 oz Vodka
1 oz Elderflower Liqueur
1 oz Lemon Juice
½ oz Cardamom-Rose Syrup (recipe follows)
2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Splash of Seltzer

Mix all ingredients except seltzer in a shaker with ice. Serve on the rocks in your favorite high ball glass topped with a splash of seltzer. Garnish with a twist of lemon and edible rose petals.


Cardamom-Rose Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1/2 cup Rose Water (food grade, not the kind for cosmetic use)
1 cup sugar
1 heaping cup rose petals, rinsed (the darker your petals, the more color you will get)

¼ cup whole organic cardamom pods (lightly crushed)

  • Heat the water, rose water, sugar, cardamom and rose petals in a small saucepan until it comes to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar.  Simmer gently for 5 minutes.
  • Let the liquid cool, then strain into a jar or bottle with a tight fitting lid.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use.  It will keep for a month.

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