Aphrodisia and Roses

Rose show 2

She truly is a Goddess of Many Talents. Today we’ll have a sneak peek at just a few  :

From The Kitchen

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Luscious Dessert

Using this delicate Goddess as flavouring takes culinary creativity to new heights. Too much is – well, too much. A light touch is heavenly. There are some delightful, playful ways of using her. Try making rose sugar. Mix the petals with some sugar and blitz it. Sprinkle on top of biscuits, cakes, scones, muffins for a special touch.   Rose syrup can be infused into many things. The only limit is your imagination. Fresh petals can be added to jam. Dry petals used in granola.

If you like to explore recipes of yesteryear you will find this on Amazon  –

Recipes - olden times book cover

Cooking Art History: The Ancient Wisdom of Aphrodisiacs

This Goddess is most famous as a true romantic. Her best and most memorable performance is always on Valentine’s Day. Here’s a touch of something suitably romantic and exotic to try sometime –

Touch of Venus Cocktail
Used in perfumery and for culinary purposes, lavender was said to be the scent that most aroused men in the ancient world.

For the lavender crystals:
¼ cup dried culinary lavender
½ cup sugar

For the cocktail:
juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon rose syrup
2 ounces lemon juice
2 ounces simple syrup ice
sparkling water
2 ounces vodka

1. Make the lavender crystals by placing the dried lavender and sugar in a food processor and processing until fully combined, about 1 minute

2. Make the simple syrup by simmering equal parts of sugar and water until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool.

3. Prepare the drink by pouring the lemon juice onto a small plate and spreading the lavender crystals on a second small plate. Dip the rim of a 12-ounce glass into the lemon juice, then dip it into the lavender crystals to lightly coat. Repeat with a second 12-ounce glass.

4. Pour 1 teaspoon of the rose syrup and 1 ounce each of juice, vodka and simple syrup into each prepared glass. Add ice and enough soda water to fill each glass. Mix and serve.

Makes 2 cocktails


Being a Goddess means that her talents naturally extend to Schools of Mysteries as well. Her symbolism ranges from immortal love, faith and beauty to sensuality and timelessness. It even extends to numerology  and alchemy. The number of petals are considered symbolically significant. For example the three roses seen in Freemason symbology are – 1) Love, 2) Life, and 3) Light.

In mythology the rose is associated with the Greek Goddess of Love, Aphrodite.  From an esoteric perspective the Tarot considers the rose as a symbol of balance.

The Romans valued the rose highly. The  term ‘sub rosa’ originates from the Roman practice of hanging roses above meeting tables. Anything said beneath the hanging roses was bound to secrecy.

Let’s not forget the symbology of colour here too.

  • Yellow Rose: Joy, Protection against envious lovers, Mature love
  • White Rose: Purity, Sanctity, Secret admirer, Mysticism
  • Red Rose: Sacrifice, Immortal love, Health, Memorial, Passion
  • Pink Rose: First love, Innocence, Healing

“Aspirin is so good for roses, brandy for sweet peas, and a squeeze of lemon-juice

for the fleshy flowers, like begonias.”  Gerald DurrellMy Family and Other Animals

Mum taught me to always add a spoonful of sugar to keep cut roses fresh longer. I still do. 

© Raili Tanska

Thanks to Nam H Ngyuen who nominated me for another 3 day quote challenge. I had fun. And now – SNAP! Here it is. As promised I’m sending it back to you …

This is the end –  Day 3 of my second round.



6 thoughts on “Aphrodisia and Roses

    1. Thanks Elizabeth. I have been immersed in roses of late. In the process of selecting some new standards to plant. Soooo many beautiful ones – I’d love to have them all !

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