Cocktails with Writers was meant to celebrate the start of spring, but now I am using it to coax spring into showing her pretty face. So, in the spirit, here is a lovely non-alcoholic beverage contributed by Gayle Brandeis, the author of the novel, Self Storage. Here’s what she says about her recipe:
“The main character of Self Storage is fascinated by her Afghan neighbor, who wears a full burqa. Flan never sees Sodaba’s face or has a full conversation with her, but their lives collide and they find human connection.”
In honor of Sodaba and all her sisters, here is a cool drink for hot days, fragrant and refreshing:
Rose Petal Iced Tea
Serve well chilled over ice, garnished with extra rose petals (perhaps even candied rose petals), if desired.
“Walt Whitman couldn’t have asked for a slyer, funnier, savvier envoy than Gayle Brandeis to carry his ‘Song of Myself’ into our day and age.” —ABBY FRUCHT