Monin Rose Syrup
Monin Rose Syrup is just one of a delicious range of flavours, used by coffee shops such as Costa Coffee and enjoyed across the country and further afield.
The bottles come in a 70cl Glass Bottle, and a 1l Plastic bottle variation which is ideal for bars, cafes and coffee shops, but can also be used at home.
The scent of a rose has been synonymous with sweetness for centuries, and some of the greatest writers of all time struggled to find a way to truly capture its essence in words. There is something at once heady and compelling yet intangible about the aroma of a rose, which has been captured perfectly in Monin rose syrup to make a deliciously fragrant and flowery addition to your favourite drinks and desserts.
Roses through the ages
Roses have had a vital role in western culture over the centuries, serving as symbols of love and beauty as well as playing a role in the imagery of politics and war. Fossil evidence suggests that roses are at least 35 million years old with over 150 different species proliferating throughout the northern hemisphere.
People started cultivating roses in their gardens around 5,000 years ago and horticultural historians believe this process probably started in China. Roses were grown all over the Middle East in the first century BCE, with Cleopatra famously covering the floor of her bedroom with rose petals as part of her attempts to seduce Mark Anthony. It is thought that this story may be the origins of the roses association with love and romance.
The nobility of the Roman Empire were so enamoured with these beautiful flowers that a huge public rose garden was established in the southern part of Rome and were prized for their use in medicines, perfumes and as confetti used during weddings and other celebrations.
During the 17th Century, the popularity of roses was such that they were considered currency by the royalty of the time and were often used for bartering and as a form of payment. Napoleons wife, the Empress Josephine, was a fanatical collector of roses and she had a huge display of different varieties in the gardens at Chateau De Malmaison just outside Paris in the 1800s.
It wasnt until the late 18th century that cultivated roses came to Europe from China and it is these strains that are the ancestors of most modern roses around today. They are grown for their exquisite colours, which range from deep red to the most delicate pink and yellow hues, not to mention the popular pure white roses which are often used in wedding bouquets. However, the real magic of a rose is the scent which can range from sweet, delicate almost citrus fragrances to deep, floral notes which are almost intoxicating in their richness.
Roses the flowers that keep on giving
As well as looking stunning and smelling divine, roses also have a sweet, floral flavour which is a popular ingredient in a range of foods. One of the best known is Turkish Delight, which is traditionally flavoured with rose water which gives it a distinctive taste and colour that have earned it fans around the world from Albania to the USA.
The small, round fruit of the rose known as rose hips are what is known technically as an accessory fruit and grow after the flowers have been pollinated in the spring and summer to ripen later in the year. They can then be made into a range of delicacies including rose jellies, jams and marmalades as well as being made into tea and pressed and filtered to make rose hip syrup.
The oil which can be pressed from rose hips is also used in the production of skin care products and make-up. Rose petals can also be dried to make tea, often when combined with other herbs, and made into rose syrup, which is a popular ingredient all around the world, but particularly in France and across the Indian subcontinent.
Rose hips are known to have extremely high levels of vitamin C, making them a healthy and nutritious food supplement, and they have been used in a range of dishes. Roses are often used in herbal and folk remedies, and Chinese traditional medicine also makes much use of roses to treat a range of ailments.
The sweet flavour of rose syrup is complemented by the striking colour a luscious pink which lends itself to a range of drinks and desserts, making them look special as well as having a truly tantalising taste.
One of the simplest ways to enjoy rose syrup is by mixing it with sparkling water which really lets the rose flavour come into its own. To make the most of the colour and flavour, rose syrup makes a great addition to macarons which are the perfect way to showcase both.
To make a deliciously rose-flavoured dessert, the simple addition of Monin rose syrup to the elements of a classic pavlova to make it into something truly special.
You will need:
4 egg whites
225g of caster sugar
300ml of cream
Whipped cream dispenser
100ml of Monin rose syrup
Fresh strawberries, raspberries or other soft fruit
How to make it:
1. Preheat the oven to 140°C and cover two large baking trays with greaseproof paper
2. Whisk the egg white until it is falling in soft peaks, then whisk in the caster sugar and half the Monin rose syrup
3. Either use a piping bag or a spoon to shape the mixture on the baking tray and then place in the oven for 40 minutes
4. When the meringues have cooled, it is time to make the whipped cream. Combine the cream and Monin rose syrup in a whipped cream dispenser, and screw shut. Attach a cream charger to the device and shake vigorously to create a light, fluffy mixture.
5. Squirt a generous dollop of cream onto each meringue, sprinkle with fruit and serve.
This dessert is ideal for a summers day and the rose syrup adds a delicate flavour and colour to both the meringues and cream and you can even drizzle on a little extra at the end for an extra hit of colour and flavour.