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5 Pretty Rose Garnishes for Cocktails, Appetizers & Entrees

October 3, 2019 (Last Updated: April 12, 2020)

Rose garnishes will beautify any cocktail, appetizer or entree in such an elegant way! Here’s how to use bacon, prosciutto, scallions, pearl onions or real spray roses to turn your party treats into delicious, floral works of art!

A whisky cocktail on a black table, surrounded by pink roses, garnished with a prosciutto rose garnish and olive.

I find these garnishes are the perfect way to add a feminine touch to any treat, making them perfect for baby showers, bridal showers or mother’s day.

But frankly, prosciutto rose-garnished whisky cocktails, bacon rose-garnished deviled eggs or onion rose-garnished quiches are lovely for any occasion, and will delight your guests any time of the year!

A closeup of a prosciutto rose garnish on a glass filled with whisky and ice.

1. Prosciutto Roses

I love creating prosciutto roses for tomato bruschetta, whisky cocktails, and canapés! You can make them tiny like rose buds for small appetizers or layer them until they’re large, luscious roses on a charcuterie board. Adding a few sprouts or basil for leaves completes them beautifully.

6 bruschetta on a marble slate with tomato, burrata and a prosciutto rose, garnished with basil.

A marble appetizer tray of 8 canapés in 3 different styles.

Tip! Make sure to choose a prosciutto that has pieces separated by either plastic film or wax paper. Prosciutto sticks to itself very easily, and you need to be able to have a perfect slice that you can cut easily into 4ths. When it’s not separated, it will be impossible to get such a clean piece that stays intact.

• Prosciutto

Kitchen Tools:
• Kitchen scissors

A step by step process showing how to make a prosciutto rose.

Step 1. Remove a slice of prosciutto as carefully as you can from the package so it does not stick to other pieces. Use kitchen scissors to cut the piece into 4 smaller pieces.

Step 2. Fold each piece in half.

Step 3. Roll each piece into a pretty rose.

Step 4. Place them on your beautiful appetizers or cocktails!

2. Pearl Onion Roses

Onion rose garnishes add a beautifully rustic femininity to savory pies, galettes, and appetizers. They turn a simple meal into an elegant, delicious, instagram-able conversation piece and require just 2 ingredients! I added pearl onion roses to this gorgeous spinach and goat cheese quiche!

A quiche, garnished with pearl onion roses and little flowers on a marble table with a lace table cloth.

A quiche, garnished with pearl onion roses and little flowers.

Tip! For the prettiest onion rose garnishes, choose multi-colored pearl onions if you can find them. Especially red/purple ones. Also consider using parsley or a small leafy green to add “leaves” around your roses. It just makes them all the more whimsically realistic.

You will require:
• Small pot
• Cutting board and sharp knife
• Foil-lined baking sheet

• Pearl onions
• Balsamic vinegar
• Olive Oil

A step by step process showing how to make pearl onion roses.

Step 1. Preheat oven to 375 F. (190 C.) To easily (and quickly) peel your pearl onions, blanch them first. Simply boil a small pot of water. When the water is at a rolling boil, add the pearl onions for no more than 30 seconds. Then, quickly remove them and place them in a bowl of cold water for 60 seconds.

Step 2. Easily peel the skins from the pearl onions. Slice the tops and bottoms, then slice them in half.

Step 3. Place them on a foil-lined baking sheet, and drizzle them with a small amount of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Step 4. Place them on your beautiful appetizers and entrees!

3. Scallion Roses

Scallion rose garnishes are prettiest on tiny appetizers, and look even cuter with a parsley leaf. They add the perfect, small pop of flavor to any appetizer that can use a little more excitement. I made these to garnish my vegan mushroom pâté  canapés.

Fingers holding a mushroom pâté canapé.

6 mushroom pâté canapés garnished with scallions and flowers on a marble slate.

Tip! When you place them in the pan, make sure to turn the heat on only when they’re all in, have been dipped in olive oil and are placed with a little space between them. They cook VERY fast, and the amount of time it takes to put them in the pan will be longer than the amount of time it takes to cook them.

You will require:
• Cutting board and sharp knife
• Medium to large sauté pan
• Tooth pick

• About 6 or 7 scallions
• 1 tsp. olive oil

A step by step process showing how to make scallion roses.

Step 1. Chop the white part of scallions, and just a bit of the green, into half-inch thick pieces.

Step 2. Add 1 tsp. of olive oil to a sauté pan, and place each scallion slice in the pan, dipping them in oil and evenly placing them with space between them.

Step 3. Turn the heat to medium-high and let them brown for only 3 minutes without turning them. They’ll try to bunch together in the oil and heat. Do your best to gently separate them with a spatula while they cook. Once brown on one side, turn off the heat and use a tooth pick to flip them over.

Step 4. Place them on your pretty appetizers!

4. Tiny Bacon Roses

Bacon roses can be used to garnish cocktails, appetizers, or entrees, and even be made into gorgeous bouquets! I like to make personal bacon rose bouquets at brunch and even use them for fondue! I place tiny ones on whisky cocktails and even tinier ones on deviled eggs like these!

3 deviled eggs garnished with tiny bacon roses, oregano leaves and a sprinkle of poppy seeds.

Tip! Only use center-cut bacon. Regular bacon is simply too thin to work with, and will burn quickly, and thick-cut bacon is just a bit too thick. Center-cut is just right.

You will require:
• Toothpicks
• Paper Towel
• Kitchen Scissors
• Foil-lined baking sheet

• Bacon

5 Rose Garnishes for Cocktails, Appetizers & Entrees_bacon roses

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 F. (200 C.) Use kitchen scissors to cut tiny strips of bacon that are about 4 inches long and ½ inch wide. No need to be precise. Avoid the fat as best you can.

Step 2. Roll into tiny roses and pierce with a toothpick to keep them secure, and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 1015 minutes. Watch them carefully because they can go from “just about done” to “burned” very quickly.

Step 3. Allow them to cool for 5 minutes on a paper towel.

Step 4. Remove the toothpicks and place them on your pretty appetizers!

5. Spray Roses

Fresh or dry, real spray roses make the most beautiful cocktail garnishes. Pierced with a cocktail pin and paired with a sprig of thistle, or simply all on their own, they make the most elegant garnish for any cocktail, especially when sprayed with rose water, like this White Rosemary Rose Coconut Cocktail! They also look divine on my Mexican Chocolate Liqueur and pretty Pink French Gimlets!

A White Rosemary Rose cocktail in a martini glass, garnished with small roses.

A small glas of Mexican Chocolate liqueur, garnished with a dry rose.

A pink cocktail, garnished with a dry rose and thistle.

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