the red queen’s rose petal ice

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~ rose petal ice ~

“Would you tell me, please,” said Alice, a little timidly, “why you are painting those roses?”

Five and Seven said nothing, but looked at Two. Two began, in a low voice, “Why the fact is, you see, Miss, this here ought to have been a red ose tree, and we put a white one in by mistake…” ~Alice in Wonderland

Inspired by one of my favorite summer beverages, rosewater lemonade, I invented an Italian ice with the same tart flavor of lemons, the bright flavor of cherries and the mysterious essence of roses. Beautiful for a garden tea party…perhaps you could invite the Red Queen and paint the roses red? 😉

2 cups water

2 cups sugar

juice from 4 large lemons

1/2 cup cherry juice (bottled or canned in fine)

2 teaspoons culinary rosewater

Boil the water and sugar. Set aside to cool for 20 minutes. Add the fruit juices and rosewater. Pour into a freezer safe bowl and “rake” with a fork every hour until the ice is the desired consistency. It will take at least 8 hours for it to be set enough to be scoopable, so you may want to mix this up and let it set in the freezer over night. Serve in pretty teacups, parfait cups, or ice bowls with flowers frozen inside of them. Tiny scoops of this served in pony glasses make wonderful palate cleansers between courses of an elaborate meal.



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  8 comments for “the red queen’s rose petal ice

  1. May 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    love, Love, LOVE this, sweet Melissa! You are beyond awesome! 🙂

    • Melissa
      May 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      I’m so glad you like it my gorgeous friend 🙂 xoxoxo

  2. May 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I’m going to have to get me some culinary rosewater. Hopefully it’s something I can find at Central Market downtown. This sounds fabulous !

    • Melissa
      May 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      Hi Jennifer! you are going to love this 😉 thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. DEBRA D.
    February 9, 2014 at 3:45 pm


    • Melissa
      February 11, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Enjoy, Debra 🙂 Happy Valentine’s!

  4. February 9, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    This rose petal ice looks absolutely divine and the colours are extraordinary! Such a ‘girly’ dish but perfect for Valentines Day coming up. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration

    • Melissa
      February 11, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      My pleasure, Miss Food Fairy! thanks for visiting and commenting 🙂

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