Ah, roses! They smell of summer, of romance, of delicate countryside blooms. No flower could be more timeless or widely embraced. They certainly are beautiful to behold, but did you know they are also edible and a good source of vitamin C? While there are many ways to enjoy them, a simple syrup is an easy way to preserve the sweetness of roses throughout the year. In this article I’ll discuss how to make an easy rose petal lemonade from a simple syrup.
To make the syrup, you’ll only need your flowers, water, and sugar. While technically any sugar will work, ideally you want something minimally refined and without much flavor or color. Coconut or date sugar, for example, are so dark and rich-tasting that they would detract from the gentle floral notes of the rose. For this recipe I used the organic beet sugar that I had bought for the lilac syrup last month.
The first step is to gather as many fresh rose petals as you can. Any species will do, wild or cultivated. But do keep in mind the stronger the scent, the stronger the flavor, and the color of the petals will determine the color of your syrup.
Once your flower petals have been plucked, you’re ready to start cooking. You can easily double, triple, or quadruple this recipe based upon how many flowers you’re able to gather.
Begin by bringing one cup of water to a boil in a medium sauce pan. Once it’s come to a rolling boil, turn off the heat and add one cup of your sugar. Stir until completely dissolved. Next you’ll gently fold in two cups of flowers. Mix well, cover, and let sit for 8-10 hours.
Once the flowers are done infusing, you’ll want to use a mesh strainer or coffee filter to strain out the plant material. Store your syrup in a jar, and make sure to refrigerate.
Add to beverages, desserts, yogurt, anything that would be enhanced with the beautiful rose flavor.
This rose petal lemonade was simply the freshly squeezed juice of one lemon, 8 oz of filtered water, and 5 tbsp of lilac syrup. Give it a good stir and adorn with fresh blooms. Want an adult version? Add a touch of vodka or your favorite hard liquor. Enjoy!!!
Megan Normansell, CHC, AADP, CFH
Certified Holistic Health Counselor/ Certified Herbalist/Holistic Nutritionist/Wild Edibles Guide
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