I spent a good portion of my afternoon straining, filtering and/or decanting several aspects of liquid love. Not the least being one of the most literal of botanical loves - the rose. I strained and started a second two-month infusion of my rose petal liqueur, or elixir if you prefer. I also strained, filtered and bottled a quart of delightful rose petal vinegar. I had 12 ounces that wouldn't fit into my bottle, and those twelve ounces sang to me!
They sang of shrub, a vinegar-n-sugar syrup that is mixed with water, sparkling or not, to make cold drink. To my knowledge it is considered an old time farmers' drink that is traditionally made with a fruit-n-vinegar infusions. But this, this rose vinegar sang to me. I listened and I responded.
I measured out one and a three-quarters cups of sugar (equal measure, by volume, to the vinegar), mixed it with the infused vinegar in a heavy pot and placed it over moderate high flame on the stove top. I stirred it as it came to a boil and the sugar fully dissolved. It cooled and I poured it into a bottle for safe keeping.
I tasted some, of course, a small amount mixed with water over ice. And I fell in love.
That's what I made today. Peace.