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Triantafyllo Cordial for Summer Solstice {Cyprus}

Triantafyllo is a thick, concentrated dark pink syrup made from the extract of the Cyprus (Damascus) rose. During the summertime, Cypriots mix it with cold milk as a refreshing sweet cordial. As it's the first day of summer - Happy Summer Solstice! by the way - I figured I'd muddle my way through a Camilla-version. I know that everything I read differentiated Triantafyllo from rosewater. But I had to use what was in my cupboard. And I used fresh berries for that gorgeous pink color!

1/4 rose water
1 C fresh raspberries
1/2 C organic granulated sugar
Boil those into a syrup. Push the raspberries through the strainer to get all of the liquid out of them. Reserve.
When you're ready to serve. Use 1 ounce of syrup and top the cordial glass off with cold milk.
Dylan was delighted. "Mom, these taste just like the raspberry-rose cupcakes from ButtercupCakes! Good job!" Well, that wasn't quite what I was going for, but that was a nice review.
So, I'm not sure how far these were from the real Triantafyllo cordials of Cyprus, but they were the right color and did taste of roses. It was actually more pleasant that I expected.


  1. Happy Summer Solstice to you too :) These look delicious and I love perfectly pink they are...rose water adds such an unexpected, but pleasant flavor to desserts


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