Creamy cold low carb chai iced tea with a delicious hint of rose water. A sugar-free summer drink for the senses.This post is sponsored by Nielsen-MAssey
Have you ever tried rose water? This is definitely a new-to-me ingredient. Before becoming a blogger and perusing the vast landscape of food blogs, I thought of rose water as an eau de toilette, a perfume, something that I might find in Crabtree and Evelyn. And so it is, of course, but it’s also something you can use for culinary purposes to give a lovely floral scent to desserts, baked goods, cocktails, and other beverages. I swear I would not have known this if not for my addiction to pretty food photo sites like Foodgawker and Pinterest. A search for “rose water” on those sites and you will see some of the prettiest creations you can imagine.
Rose water had been on my list to try for a while now so it was perfect timing when Nielsen-Massey asked me to create a summer beverage recipe featuring their extracts. I didn’t have a clue that they made rose water along with their world-renowned vanillas, but I spotted it on their product list and knew I had to get my hands on some. I also selected some orange blossom water and some Mexican vanilla to try.
When you open the rose water and give it a sniff, it smells as if you are walking through lush gardens full of roses in bloom. You might be tempted to dab a little behind your ears, and really, who could blame you? The floral notes suggested to me that it might pair well with the strong, warm spices in chai tea. So I created a chai tea base to which I could then add sweetener, cream and rose water. I intended to also try the orange blossom water in the chai as well. Alas, that bottle fell from my over-stuffed baking cupboard the other day and shattered all over my counter. It smelled amazing, however, and I suspect it would also be a great addition to chai lattes!
I was worried that the strong flavours of cinnamon, cardamom and ginger might overwhelm the delicate rose water, but my fears were unfounded. The scent is delicate but the taste comes through strikingly so a little goes a long way. Together with the chai and cream over ice, it made for a remarkably refreshing summer drink. And I can already see other rose-scented recipes…scones, biscotti, ice cream, panna cotta. The possibilities for rose water seem endless. Check out the Uses and Pairings guide from Nielsen-Massey for great ideas on how to use all of their flavourings.