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Made by infusing roses into water, rose water not only smells wonderful, it’s also extremely versatile. You can use it on your skin, in the home, and even in cooking and baking. Rose water is a multi-purpose natural product that’s even easier to make than you might think. Here’s everything you need to know about rose water.
Benefits of Rose Water
Due to its sweet floral aroma, rose water can be used in dozens of ways to provide a burst of floral scent. You can use it as a gentle perfume or as a room or fabric freshener. The scent of roses has been said to help reduce anxiety and help you relax, so feel free to spritz it whenever you’re feeling down. Rose water also has anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties, making it a great addition to your skincare routine. Using rose water as a skin toner may even help balance the pH of skin, sooth skin irritation, and reduce redness. You can also use it as a cooling mist skin refresher after a long day at the office or in the summer heat.
It also provides a hydrating boost (not to mention a heavenly aroma) in the bath. Rose water can also be used in cooking and baking to add an infusion of rose flavor. In fact, ingesting rose water has been said to aid in digestion and help reduce overall inflammation. Plus, it adds a completely unique flavor that’s fragrant and delicious.
If you’re itching to try some rose water or looking for a fabulous gift for mom, consider our Mother’s Day Berry Assortment. Featuring fresh strawberries covered in rose water-infused white chocolate and topped with scrumptious white crispies, it’s a decadent floral treat that’s pure indulgence.
How to Make Rose Water At Home
The easiest way to make rose water at home is by simmering rose petals in distilled water. For this recipe, you’ll only need two ingredients: fresh or dried roses and enough distilled water to cover the petals in your saucepan. Be sure to use organic roses whenever possible, or pick your own roses if lucky enough to have roses growing in your garden. Here’s how to do it:
- Remove the rose petals from stems, if necessary, and place them in the saucepan.
- Top with enough distilled water to just cover the petals. You don’t want to use more water or you will dilute the rose water.
- Bring the water to a simmer over medium heat.
- Cover the pot and reduce the heat.
- Allow to simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until the petals have faded.
- Leave the lid on and allow to cool completely.
- Using a cheesecloth or colander, train the mixture to separate the petals from the water.
- Discard the petals and pour the rose water into a glass jar to store.
Note: Rose water lasts in the refrigerator for several weeks or on the counter for up to one week.
Top 6 Rose Water Recipes
One of the best ways to use rose water is in cooking or baking. It offers a delicate floral taste to baked goods and drinks that’s distinct and delicious. Here are six amazing recipes that feature rose water:
This beautiful tart features a pistachio tart crust, rose-flavored panna cotta, and rose jelly topping. It’s finished off with finely chopped pistachios and rose petals for a decadent treat fit for royalty.
Dark chocolate chiffon cake is made with egg yolks beaten into a stiff peak meringue and folded into the batter for a moist and decadent result. It’s then frosted with sweet icing infused with rose water.
Tender and delicate, these cookies are made with almond meal, butter, powdered sugar, and eggs. They’re very subtly flavored with rose water and topped off with powdered sugar for a dainty dessert that’s perfect for tea time and beyond.
Made with European “Biscuits Rose de Reims” cookies, this cheesecake is infused with rose water from crust to topping. It features rose water flavored cheesecake covered with raspberry rose water coulis for a fragrant, smooth, and delicious dessert.
Sweet and refreshing, this rose water lemonade has a fragrant and floral twist. Topped with lemon slices and edible rose petals for garnishing, it makes a gorgeous addition to your next gathering.
These cupcakes are moist and delicious, and feature the perfect amount of rose water in both the cupcake and frosting without being overpowering. Decorate with your favorite sprinkles for a delightful treat that looks as good as it tastes.
Rose water makes a wonderful addition to baked treats, sweets, and even iced drinks. Now that you know how to make it, what will you add it to?
2 Bonus Vanilla Rose Recipes
Additionally, another delicious way to enjoy rose water is mixing with vanilla rose. Nothing adds to the light and springtime taste of vanilla rose like some rose water. Looking for some more inspiration? These bonus vanilla rose recipes will provide a great Mother’s Day or spring dessert.
This Vanilla Rose cake makes a wonderful dessert for spring, including Easter or Mother’s Day. The cakes is filled with delicious layers of white cake and filled with vanilla rose buttercream! The subtle flavor provide the perfect way to top off any special occasion.
If you are in search of a simple recipe that packs a powerful punch, these vanilla rose water strawberry cupcakes provide a delicious and decadent dessert. Each cupcake includes rose water infused white chocolate that offers a fancy touch and delightful treat for Mother’s Day!