rose notes . . .

One of my rose bushes has so many blossoms on it this Spring, heavy cupped peach colored blossoms so fragrant. It is an English climbing rose I planted in the garden for Emma’s fourteenth birthday, when we were living in the tiny house while our house was being rebuilt. I am a real fan of highly fragrant roses, loving particularly the varietals with fruity scent, because when I pick a small jar of them and bring into the house, they just fill the room with a fragrant natural beauty. And this afternoon I made myself a rose “soda” and drank it while calculating notes for a future rose-themed sweater design. After picking a few blossoms it occurred to me to try to steep the petals in sugar syrup, making a rose syrup. And it doesn’t take long at all, really just a few hours, for its now the late afternoon, and I’m enjoying the most unusual refreshing drink, with delicious rose floral notes. Here’s how I made rose syrup, which you can just mix with sparkling water and have a winner drink:

  1. Pluck petals off of a couple of roses, and place fresh petals in a pyrex liquid measure.
  2. Boil up a small amount of simple syrup, equal parts water to sugar, enough to cover the petals.
  3. Pour over petals and let steep for a couple of hours, after which you’ll really begin to taste the rose infusion, which always surprises me.
  4. Pour through fine sieve into a jar or bottle, and store in the fridge (into one of the bottles I put some dried rose petals too)

6 thoughts on “rose notes . . .

  1. Wow! What a fantastic idea. I have way too much shade in my yard to have successful roses or this would be a “must” for me. As I drink my shot of frozen limoncello I long for a glass of your rose water refresher. Mmmmmm

    • Ah Virginia, I wish you were here so I could pour you a nice glass of rose soda ! I bet you could snatch one or two blossoms from somewhere? Enjoy the yummy limoncello though, which I LOVE one. I found a fun lovely video on how to make it, would you like to try? (( from my favorite Italian cook Genaro Contaldo…lol)) xx

    • Aww, thank you, I still have the one you gave me too, but all roses have been moved down into the fenced-in garden because Juno decided she likes to shred plants. Bummer, so the deck is basically a stick
      Remember I use to prefer the hybrid teas? But now I like the old-fashioned ones with cup shaped blossoms heavily drooping, because they’re just loaded with scent and well, I hope I continue trying ways to use them in cooking and dessert making. xx

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