This recipe will teach you how to make rose syrup from dried roses, fresh roses, or rose water! Make this intoxicating fragrant rose simple syrup recipe to add a subtle floral flavor in all of your favourite things. Add it to a rose tea latte, rose coffee, rose cocktail, or enhance any beverage with rose's vitamin C, abundant properties, and beautiful floral taste, or make small batches for a a sweet and simple gift.
From ice cubes, iced coffee, a rose syrup milkshake, garden inspired cocktails, and many middle eastern desserts. The rose plant makes something way more than a basic simple syrup. My favorite way to use this syrup is with a strawberry vanilla smoothie. The fresh fruit paired with rose is divine.
why you should make this recipe:
- Homemade simple syrup is a simple recipe, and an easy way to get a beautiful floral note in your recipe.
- There is no artificial color! This bright hue is directly from red roses. For a pink hue, use light pink roses.
- According to Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry roses exhibit very strong radical scavenging effect and antioxidant power
- Its petals are nutritionally dense, containing an abundance of vitamin A, B, C, E
- In Ayurvedic medicine, roses are believed to to balance the heart chakra
- Roses are calming to the central nervous system according to thel Journal of Experimental Biology
what is simple syrup?
Simple syrup is generally found in two strengths: Equal parts water and sugar, the most common strength in U.S. bars, is referred to as “one-to-one” (1:1). Two parts sugar to one part water is, as you might guess, referred to as 2:1, which is the standard syrup in U.K. bars; in the States, you’ll often hear 2:1 syrup being referred to as “rich simple syrup.”
- Fresh organic rose petals or dried organic rose buds or petals - if whole flowers are inaccessible to you, use rose water. Instructions in recipe card.
- Raw honey (optional - and any honey of choice will do) try rose infused honey for the most beautiful floral rose syrup.
Quantities are in the recipe below.
Where can I find ingredients?
- Fresh organic rose petals: these would come from your own organic rose garden, or wild roses. See our post on Edible flowers to grow in your garden, and if you don't have a garden - read my post on Where to buy or find edible flowers for cookies and cakes
- Dried organic rose buds or petals: these can be from your garden that you have dried, or purchased from natural stores. It's often sold as tea.
If you don't have access to roses, fresh or dried, you can use rose water instead. See variation or recipe cards notes to adapt recipe.
- Rose water: you can often find rose water right in your grocery store, natural food stores, halal store, middle eastern store, or online. You can also make it at home using our guide to making your own rose water at home.
How to make rose simple syrup
- In a small saucepan over medium/high heat, heat the water, sugar, and rose petals until it comes to a simmer.
- Stir to dissolve the sugar and continue simmering gently for 5 minutes, reduce heat and let simmer on low for an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let the liquid cool.
- Lastly, strain the liquid from the roses into a jar with a fine mesh sieve and store in a container with an airtight lid
frequently asked questions:
how do i know which type of roses to choose?
Dried plants are usually best suited for infusions because the minerals and nutrients contained within them are often more easily accessed. I personally use dried organic rose buds, even though I have an organic rose garden. The color and flavor are more pronounced from dried florals. And while roses are edible, however there are some safety measures to take when selecting which roses to use. See safety tips below.
how long does simple syrup last for:
Sugar is used in cooking as a preservative— think jams and jellies, which are also called preserves. So simple syrups have a decent shelf life, when prepared and stored properly: made with very hot water and stored in a sterile container in the refrigerator. A 1:1 simple syrup like this one lasts only one month when refrigerated.
how to store this syrup
The recommended way to store simple syrup is to use an airtight container that's been sterilized.
what is a good rose syrup substitute?
If you don't wish to make rose simple syrup, make some rose infused honey
what is the difference between rose simple syrup and rose water?
Rose water is sugar free and made by infusing or distilling rose petals in water. Rose syrup is a thick, sugary syrup used as a flavor and sweetener.
How do I use this syrup in coffee?
Make your coffee as you normally would, and pour a small amount of syrup in for your sweetener. Simple syrup is very sweet, so start with a little and increase after tasting.
How can I make rose syrup with rose water instead of rose syrup?
Instead of using roses use ½ cup water and ½ cup rose water with one cup of sugar.
- Rose water syrup: If you don't have access to flowers, replace the one cup of water in this recipe with ½ cup of water and ½ cup of rose water. Continue to use one cup of sugar and optional honey.
- Candied rose petal syrup: Use your candied rose petals to make syrup if you have any left over from decorating a cake.
- Rose lemon simple syrup: Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and lemon zest from one lemon into your simple syrup. Lemon really balances the rose flavor. This would be perfect in our rose lemonade or rose lemonade popsicles.
- Rose vanilla simple syrup: Add fresh vanilla beans from one vanilla bean pod into your simple syrup for a beautiful flavor, perfect for desserts or a rose latte, or a rose peach vanilla smoothie.
- Rose mint simple syrup: Add some fresh mint leaves for a flavor that really transports you to an elegant rose garden. This variation would be perfect in our signature cucumber rose gin and tonic
safety tips for picking flowers for consumption:
I recommend using dried organic rose petals for rose simple syrup, but if you want to use fresh roses, follow these tips:
- Don't use roses from highly contaminated areas such roadways, chemically treated lawns, or areas with animals.
- If you haven't tried a particular flower in culinary uses, taste a small piece of the petal before consuming a whole petal. You can be allergic to flowers.
- Do not make rose syrup from the wilting bouquet of roses you pickled up from the grocery store. These are not grown for consumption and are heavily sprayed with pesticides.
favorite recipes that you can add this rose syrup too:
- Rose latte
- Candied edible rose petals
- Rose ice cream made with rose milk. Add some rose simple syrup on top!
- Rose water lemonade
- Green tea rose iced tea
- Rich chocolate rose brownie
- Cucumber rose gin and tonic
How to make rose simple syrup
- 1 cup water (or ½ cup water and ½ cup rose water if making syrup from rose water)
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup dried rose buds (skip if using rose water)
- 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
In a small saucepan over medium/high heat, heat the water, sugar, and rose petals until it comes to a simmer.
Stir to dissolve the sugar and continue simmering gently for 5 minutes, reduce heat and let simmer on low for an additional 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and let the liquid cool.
Lastly, strain the liquid from the roses into a jar with a fine mesh sieve and store in a container with an airtight lid
- Store into a jar with airtight lid for up to one month.
- Store in your refrigerator.
- If using fresh rose petals, use 2 cups instead of ½ cup of dried
Nutrition InformationYield 16 Serving Size 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving Calories 75Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 3mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 0gSugar 14gProtein 0g
Serve it in:
- Use this syrup to make a heavenly rose ice cream or Falooda.
- Use it in a a rose latte
- Add it to your rose petal chai
- A glass of champagne or rose
- Use it in a milk shake with some Homemade rose ice cream + Rose petal jam recipe
More botanical syrups:
Symbolism in roses:
Roses are a symbol of love and authenticity. I always add some in my environment because everything on earth has an energy frequency, which can be changed by what we do or feel within ourselves.
Roses can measure as much as 5x higher than her sister plants, like basil and peppermint. Roses are my favorite tool to use in any recipe, whether it be edible or something for the bath. A rose's scent is a proven aphrodisiac, and it's high vibration ( the highest in the plant kingdom ) paired with it's beautiful taste and looks, I am always called to use it. In the last year, you can see I used rose in many recipes. This beautiful syrup is a glorious concoction with the very essence of rose that comes with so many health benefits.
I hope this recipe works beautifully for you and is enjoyed for many years to come. Thank you so much for reading. Your visit to my site helped support a small mama run business today. If you enjoyed it, I would be so honored if you would share with your loved ones.
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love edible flowers? these resources may be useful to you:
- Ways to use edible flowers
- Popular edible flowers chart and their meaning - printable chart
- How to store and preserve edible flowers
- Edible flowers to grow in your garden
- Where to buy or find edible flowers for cookies and cakes
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