Leaping Roses!

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Leap Day Trivia
Did you know that Leap Day (February 29th) happens less often than a Blue Moon? Leap Day happens only once in four years but a blue moon happens on average once every 2.75 years. One of the most famous Leap Day traditions is that on Leap Day, women are allowed to propose marriage to men, a practice that dates back to the 5th century in Ireland, when St. Bridget supposedly complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait too long for men to propose. This tradition has evolved over time but persists in some cultures today.
While there are no traditional Leap Day foods, perhaps its less-than-once-in-a-blue-moon occurrence will inspire you to try something out of the ordinary. Imagine trying a new flavor or exploring a less common flavor more deeply…may we suggest you try our uncommonly delicious vomFASS Wild Rose Liqueur?
The Gift of a Rose
With the wisps of romance riding on February’s coattails, brighter evenings and Mother Nature giving us a glimpse Spring, we dream of warmer weather and the blooms to come. Where there are thoughts of blossoms, roses come to mind. Rose may not be a commonly consumed food or flavor in the US, but it is quite popular in other cultures.
For centuries, roses have been that special ingredient used to create the finest culinary presentations. A rose candy dating to the ancient Romans is the earliest recorded recipe using roses as an ingredient. Before vanilla was the standard sweet flavor for food and drink items, rose was the go-to flavor used in beverages and desserts of all kinds. Up until the 1800s, many pie, cake and cookie recipes called for a dash of rosewater or rose liqueur. Highly valued for the unique floral notes, roses are used to enhance a wide range of dishes, including desserts, sweets, beverages, and even savory dishes like rice pilafs or meat dishes.
What Do Rose Petals Taste Like?
The simple touch of rose can take the average martini to a new level, filling it with delightful, gentle floral notes. The exotic allure of rose adds a touch of luxury to culinary creations. While roses offer more than their soft, fragant blooms, most culinary enthusiasts focus on the petals.
Darker Rose Petals
The deep colors of reds and pinks tend to have a more robust flavor.
Those with a stronger scent, usually also have the best flavor.
Base of the Petals
The white (or sometimes yellowish or slightly greenish) base of a rose petal, called the “claw,” is where the petal attaches to the receptacle of the flower. These are bitter and so are typically torn off or cut away from the petal.
Please note, while roses may be naturally edible, many commercially grown roses are treated with pesticides and other chemicals that can be harmful if ingested. It’s essential to source roses specifically grown for consumption or ensure they are organic and free from any chemical treatments.
Easy Rosy Essence
Our vomFASS Wild Rose Liqueur smells like the headiest of natural roses blossoms and tastes just like you think a rose should  light, floral and sweet. With a similar amount of alcohol by volume as vanilla extract, it is can often be substituted for vanilla in recipes. 
Enjoy the gift of the extra day this year with a new cocktail, or bake a new cake, or explore a new cuisine (see recipes below)! Our vomFASS Wild Rose Liqueur is lovely to have on hand as we transition from Winter to Spring, for champagne spritzers, to up-grade your G&T cocktails, and to beautify brunches. This is one bloom that does not fade. 
Are you planning an event? We'd be honored to create signature cocktail for you. Let's talk!

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