Last year I experimented with rose syrup and jelly. The jelly didn’t set up all that well so this year I decided to skip it. We discovered we loved rose syrup and tree tip syrup in our tea. It took tea parties at our house to a whole new level. When the roses started blooming, I couldn’t wait.
My husband so lovingly picked me a bunch of rose petals – it’s been hot and I’m still a bit under the weather. I gave them a quick rinse and a run through the salad spinner before putting them in a quart jar.
Instead of my usual making a tea out of the item I want to make syrup and then combining it with sugar, I thought I’d go with a technique I learned last year. The technique wasn’t perfect but I thought I could work with it.
I poured my sugar on top of my rose petals. Thinking back, next time I would layer the petals and the sugar because it was not as easy as I had hoped to get the sugar all the way to the bottom of the jar. However, this process results in a very fragrant sugar. It was hard not to just eat the sugar. (If you like, you can stop there and strain out the rose petals for rose sugar – be sure to store in the fridge.)
Speaking of fridges, I let this sit on the counter for the first day and then it spent a week in the fridge. I took it out now and again to shake/stir the sugar around the petals.
When I was ready to make syrup, I dumped the contents into a saucepan and heated it on low. I used about 1 cup of water to help rinse out the jar and poured that into the saucepan.
The result was a very fragrant, low water content syrup. The taste is amazing. It’s not as pretty as other rose products but I don’t care.
Speaking of pretty, I have been infusing white vinegar with rose petals. My mom has this addiction to flavored vinegars and oils. It dawned on me that I could easily make my own vinegar and why not experiment. In the end, if it’s terrible I can use it to clean my toilet or something. Oh – imagine it in the rinse of the laundry.
I’m letting this sit for a week and will get back to you about how it ends up.
I realized I should note that these are wild roses not domesticated. Any non-sprayed roses are fine but I recommend tasting a petal before you pick a bunch. Some flowers taste better than others.