It’s been a long time since The Clovers bought a bottle of Love Potion No. 9 to solve their romantic problems.
This 299th love potion was created for Valentine’s Day by Kenneth McClure, General Manager of Hospitality Holdings. It’s being served at Bookmarks, the rooftop lounge atop The Library Hotel in New York City. If you’re not in the area, whip up your own Love Potion No. 299.
The recipe includes rose sorbet (sherbet), which can be purchased at Middle Eastern markets, international markets and online. Those with organic roses—no chemical pesticides, please—can make their own with this recipe.
LOVE POTION No. 299 COCKTAIL RECIPE
Ingredients Per Cocktail
Will this love potion do the job? Photo
WHAT IS ROSE SORBET/SHERBET or FALUDEH?
Next time, don’t send a dozen roses: send a few quarts of rose sorbet from Los Angeles ice cream artisan Mashti Malone.
In addition to flavoring Love Potion No. 299, rose sorbet is a great palate cleanser between fish and meat courses, a dazzling dessert and an invigorating refreshment. In Persian circles, faludeh (the Persian word for rose sorbet), is as ubiquitous as ice cream is in the U.S. It is generally served in a bowl, garnished with sour cherries and/or a drizzle of sour cherry syrup, a squirt of lime juice and pistachios.
It would make an absolutely great Valentine’s Day dessert, followed by a Love Potion No. 299.
FOOD HISTORY: THE WORD “SORBET”
According to TurkishCookbook.com, sherbet is served both as a liquid—the rose version of lemonade, served on hot summer days—and a frozen dessert. Ottoman Turks drank sherbet during meals as we drink water. As with lemonade, sherbet is made from fruit juices (or extracts of flowers or herbs) combined with sugar, water and ice.
See the History Of Ice Cream (and its predecessor, sherbet).
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