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Making Rose Petal Vodka (or Rosewater)

Rose Petal Vodka

If you happen to have a rose bush that produces tons of flowers (or an organic florist), you can make this easy rose vodka with them. You’ll need at least a dozen big-sized roses that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides for at least a couple years. My house came with three big rose bushes in the front: two pink ones and a red one. The red one is my favorite, but together they bring so much color and joy to my front door.

It was my friend Melissa at ChinDeep that got me started on the idea of doing something besides looking at my roses. She makes wonderful things like rose butter tea sandwiches and rose petal ice. I tried rosewater first which was insanely simple, so I thought it can’t be too hard to make rose vodka either.

Whether you want to make rosewater or rose vodka, first you need some roses. Pick them and wash them to make sure they are free of bugs.

Roses for Rose Petal Vodka

Then pluck off the petals, removing the white part at the base of the petal (that I hear can be kind of bitter). Put them in a quart jar. Keep packing rose petals into the jar till the jar is packed full of rose petals, then pour vodka over the rose petals, covering them completely. If any stray petals are sticking up out of the liquid, push them back into the vodka.

Rose Petal Vodka

Set the jar in a dark place and let it sit for at least 10 days. Shake the jar every few days. You’ll notice the color from the rose petals will fade into the liquid over time.

Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth with a bowl underneath to remove the rose petals and funnel the liquid into a bottle. Once it’s strained it’s ready for making insanely romantic drinks like Vanilla Rose Vodka Iced Tea.

To make culinary rosewater:

Follow the same process to fill a quart jar with rose petals, but instead of pouring vodka over the petals, pour boiling water over them to cover. Let the roses sit and steep in the water at room temperature for 24 hours, then strain through a cheesecloth. Keep in a covered bottle in the fridge. I like making watermelon slushies with rosewater. They make my daughter happy because she loves roses.

This recipe was shared at Scrumptious Sundays, Tip JunkieWeekend Potluck and Totally Tasty Tuesdays.

13 responses

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  2. healthyyou72

    I was just watching Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, and it was about different weeds we have in our yard that we can eat. I am fascinated by that, and that we can use roses to make food too, I love it! Thank you for sharing! Hugs, Terra

    July 7, 2012 at 8:51 am

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    July 7, 2012 at 10:09 am

  4. I always wondered how that was done. Thanks for sharing.

    July 7, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    • Ann

      Yeah, it’s really not hard at all!

      July 7, 2012 at 9:56 pm

  5. Awesome post!

    July 8, 2012 at 11:31 am

  6. Awesome! I may have to steal some of my mother in laws roses.

    July 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    • Ann

      The big bonus is roses love to be trimmed, so “stealing” roses will produce even more roses! Sort of like basil, if you trim it, it just comes back stronger.

      July 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm

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  10. Beth

    We use the rose water to make the most delicious jelly.

    December 12, 2012 at 12:13 am

  11. I always wondered how rose vodka was done. Thanks for sharing. Mark

    January 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm

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