Rose syrup is commonly used in various desserts and cultural cooking around the world. My first exposure to rose syrup was during my travels in India. Streetside stalls were stocked full of bottles of rose water or rose syrup. At that time, I didn’t really understand the purpose of rose syrup.
Since I’ve been connecting to nature a lot more than ever, I’m challenging myself to find ways to integrate the sweetness of nature.
"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today." Dale Carnegie
Simple syrups are one of the easiest sweet treats to make. What’s nice about simple syrups is that you don’t need an overwhelming amount to make something sweet. Commonly seen in Indian, Persian and Middle Eastern cooking, rose syrup gives an alternative sweetness to desserts, cocktails and mocktails.
So there’s no need to eat at high end restaurants, when you can make this simple syrup at home for a fraction of the price.
Rose simple syrup is easy to make and the syrup will most likely take on the color of roses that you use. If you want a pink or red color, try to use those color of petals. If you want a deeper color, use one or two (frozen) raspberries to enhance the color.
I used leftover rose water from my previous recipe to ensure the rose flavor.
How to Make Fresh Rose Simple Syrup
Cook Time: 10-20 minutes
1 cup cane sugar
1 cup rose petals, washed
3/4 cuprose water
1/2 cup water
optional: 1-3 raspberries for color enhancement
Begin by washing the rose petals. In a pot, place the sugar, water and rose water on medium heat. Bring to a simmer and once the sugar dissolves add the rose petals. After 3-5 minutes, you can add the raspberries to enhance the color of the syrup. Once the petals look dissolved, remove the pot from the burner. Strain the petals and let the syrup cool. Once cooled, store it in a sealed jar inside the refrigerator.
Have you made rose syrup? If so, feel free to share your favorite method of making this simple syrup! Enjoy!
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com