How To Make Rose Water using Fresh Flowers is much simpler than you may think! All you need are the flowers and distilled water. Add a splash of vodka to help preserve the water if you would like.
Isn’t this bright ruby red rose water beautiful? If I didn’t make this myself I would think that the rose water got a little brighter with food coloring.
Nope. No enhancements. The color is a natural beauty straight from the petals of the flowers!
Last week I was feeling a little creative and thought I dive outside of my cooking comfort zone and try making a couple of recipes that are popular in the Middle East.
I had my eyes on a cake that would be lovely for Valentine’s Day, but as I was gathering my ingredients I came to a road block. I couldn’t find rose water!
I was on a serious hunt and went to every Latin as well as Asian and Mediterranean specialty stores without any luck. I had super high hopes that World Market would carry it, but I struck out there too.
That’s when I thought, “ok, I must learn how to make rose water myself!
I learned from WikiHow that there are several ways to make rose water. One method requires the crushing of the petals, and another you use dried flowers. I opted for a simple 30 minute method using fresh flower petals and I’m so happy with the results!
Adding rose water to recipes only requires a teaspoon or two. Rose water acts similar to extracts. In this case the rose water adds a hint of floral flavor.
To make rose water you need just two cups of distilled water, and clean rose petals from about two roses. I added a teaspoon of vodka, which will act as a preservative.
Simmer all the ingredients until the color of the rose petals are pale, which only takes between 20-30 minutes. That’s how to make rose water! I’ll never have to hunt for it again!
I can’t wait to get in the kitchen and try some new recipes. In the meantime, add some rose water to whipped cream, yogurt, sparkling wine or fresh cut up fruit!
- 2 cups distilled water
- 1 cup (about 2 roses) petals cleaned
- 1 teaspoon vodka (optional)
- In a small saucepan add distilled water, vodka and rose petals. Cover and bring to a simmer. Simmer until petals are pale (25-30 minutes).
- Remove from heat and drain liquid though a cheesecloth into a clean container. Discard petals.