I was very excited to receive that many roses, to be honest. I love them! They're all so beautiful...but what do I do with dozens of roses? My boyfriend had the grandest idea: make rose simple syrup. Of course! I looked up some rose simple syrup recipes and they all started with the same ingredient: rosewater. It's a lot easier to make than you might think!
Get the steps after the jump
Get all your petals together. I did 3 separate batches: Pink/Orange/Yellow petals, White petals (because my boyfriend gave me white roses awww), and Pink and Red petals. How sweet!
The recipe I found called for 6 cups of rose petals (roughly 8-12 roses)
Boil the rose petals for 15 minutes in 1 liter (4 cups) of water. While each batch boiled, I washed and prepped the next set. It was really easy and I felt a bit like Jean-Baptiste Grenouille from Perfume: The Story of a Murderer - except less murder-y of course - I felt like the nice part of him that worked on extracting the essence of the rose petals. It was quite fragrant, although my sense of smell has not quite been the same since my smell blindness.
Pink and red batch
Let the petals cool. I put them into washed and dried Tupperware containers (lids off) to cool on my counter. While each batch cooled, I prepped and boiled the next batch (after washing and drying the pot and stirring spoon).
After each batch cooled enough, I strained the rosewater through a fine mesh strainer and funneled the liquid into previously used washed and dried liquor bottles. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, right?!
I put each batch in the fridge to store. I'm not sure what the shelf life is but I imagine it can't be very long. Hopefully it's long enough for me to take enough of each flavor to Lauren and Chandler's so they can make some rosewater simple syrups to add to their amazing home bar (next to my Limoncello, of course!).
As for the rest of the roses, well, I think I'll make a batch of yellow petal rosewater, maybe a batch of white and pink petals together and I think I'll gather up some fragrant herbs and things and try this pretty wrapped flowers DIY. I could put them everywhere or give them out to people or both! Maybe I'll even bring some to the office...the possibilities are endless!
Will you try to make rosewater? If so, please let me know how it turns out!
I took my Pink+Red Rosewater and made a simple syrup with it to use in a margarita recipe. SPOILER ALERT: It was delicious! My boyfriend calls it the "Tijuana Rose".
Tijuana Rose Margarita
- 2oz tequila blanco - I prefer Espolón
- 1oz Rose Simple Syrup
- .5oz Lemon Juice - I prefer Santa Cruz Organic when I don't have fresh available
- .5oz Lime juice - I prefer Santa Cruz Organic when I don't have fresh available
- .5oz Grand Marnier - or any other orange liqueur
- Shake it up with some ice for a few seconds - or until you feel like it's well-mixed.
- Strain into a cocktail glass with fresh ice.
- Sometimes I add an extra ounce of tequila if I really want to kick it up a little.
- Same with the Grand Marnier - I might add a full ounce or maybe 3/4oz.
- If you don't have Rose Simple Syrup, any simple syrup will do.
- If you have it on-hand, use Limoncello instead of simple syrup. It's wonderful! We call that the "Bellissima".
- If you don't have a shaker, put all the ingredients in a glass and stir it with a straw or butter knife or chopstick or spoon or whatever - just make sure all the ingredients are incorporated.
If you make the margarita above in any variation, let me know! If you have any cocktail recipe ideas for the Rose Simple Syrup, I'd love to hear them!
I hope you're having a great week!