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Happy National Red Rose Day June 12, 2020

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Have a happy Red Rose day!

Here are somethings to help you celebrate:

History of Red Roses

The red rose began its illustrious symbolic history in Greek and Roman iconography, where it was tied to Aphrodite, or Venus, the goddess of love. Later, in early Christian times it became associated with the virtue of Virgin Mary. By the time Shakespeare rolled around it had already become a poetic standard that he, and later Gertrude Stein, both famously played with in their works. Throughout its long, storied history, the red rose still reigns as the ultimate symbol of passionate affection.


What’s more classically romantic than red roses? Whether in celebration of an anniversary, wedding, or Valentine’s Day, there is no mistaking the implication of passion, desire, and above all, love, associated with red roses. Most would agree. A brilliant bouquet of red roses is the perfect way to declare feelings of romantic love.



If you like eating rose hips or want to know more, here are some threads about rose hips:



Red Rose cocktail

   6 ounces sweet sparkling red wine, such as Banfi Rosa Regale
   1/8 teaspoon rose water
   Sliced strawberries

Instructions Checklist

   Step 1

   Fill a Champagne glass with red wine. Add rose water. Garnish with sliced strawberries.


Bed of Roses Cocktail

   1 1/2 ounces Jägermeister
   2 ounces lemon juice
   1 ounce grenadine
   1/2 ounce lime juice
   Garnish: lime slice
   Garnish: cherry

Steps to Make It

   Gather the ingredients.

   In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the Jägermeister, lemon juice, grenadine, and lime juice.

   Shake well.

   Strain into a cocktail or old-fashioned glass.

   Add a slice of lime and cherry garnish.

You can actually make it very easy by squeezing one whole lemon and one whole lime directly into the shaker. Both fruits tend to yield the perfect amount of juice the recipe calls for.

Make  a simple syrup made with pomegranate juice rather than water.

Like all sour drinks, adjust the sweet and sour ingredients to suit your personal taste. You might find that pouring equal parts of Jäger and lemon is a better mix or that you prefer just a hint of grenadine.


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"A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses."
Oscar Wilde
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