Rose petal syrup is a lesser-known beverage, although it is very delicious: it’s worth trying! The rose is an edible flower, and here it is true that the more fragrant it is, the more flavorful and tasty the syrup made from it will be. It is important when making rose petal syrup to use only petals that have definitely not been sprayed with any chemicals. It is advisable to use petals that have started to bloom but are still intact, not fallen off, for making syrup or rose jam. These petals should be collected from the rose heads and ideally used within an hour of picking, or if that is not possible, they should be stored in the refrigerator. However, even there, they shouldn’t be kept for too long, as rose petals tend to lose their moisture quickly.
Making Homemade Rose Petal Syrup
Rose petal syrup can be made at home, ensuring that it doesn’t contain any added additives, as it only requires sugar (or other sweeteners) and citric acid.
- Approximately 6 dl of water
- 8-10 rose heads
- 40 grams of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of citric acid (fresh lemon juice can also be used)
- A well-sealing glass jar
- Gently rinse and wash the rose petals to remove any dirt or insects.
- Pour the water into a saucepan and add the rose petals. (You can also cut them into smaller pieces if they are too large.)
- Sprinkle the sugar over the petals and start cooking over medium heat.
- Do not let it boil! It needs to be cooked at a steady temperature for about 40 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, add the citric acid.
- The petals will lose their color, but the syrup will still have a beautiful hue.
- Once it’s done, strain the mixture and pour it into jars while still hot.
- Let the jars cool by placing them upside down.
- After cooling down, store the syrup in a dark place. Once opened, it can be stored in the refrigerator, but it won’t last long – that’s guaranteed!
If you prefer not to go through the process of making it yourself, you can also purchase ready-made rose petal syrup. It is an extremely tasty and fragrant beverage that is worth trying! And if you’re in the mood, look for rose petal ice cream as well.
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