Liqueur of a thousand roses

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In my garden I have a bush of roses 'rosa centifolia' which is an old ancient type of rose. It's the kind of rose that is used for fragrances and perfumes.
The downside of the beautiful scent is the fact that they only bloom once a year and the blossoms fade in one day.

That's why this year I chose to make some liqueur with this beautiful scent.

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Step 1: You need

To make roundabout 1 liter of liqueur you need:
  • 20 fresh blossoms of rosa centifolia (pesticides free)
  • 2 teaspoons of Vitamin C or the juice of one lemon.
  • 0.7 liter of Vodka, can be a cheap one
  • 0.3l of water
  • a big jar
  • 100-200g of sugar
Make sure that no poison of any kind was applied to the rose, because the toxic substances may still be in the plant and harmful to your health! Sometimes it takes up to several months to metabolize the poison once applied.

Step 3: Remove the blossoms

After some hours the blossoms will have lost their color and also their scent to the vodka. Now it is time to remove the rest of the blossoms.
I didn't use Vitamin-C from the beginning, that is why the vodka turned into a rather dark brown. But the color changed back to a certain degree.

Step 4: Finishing

Now that the beautiful scent is in the vodka you can create a beautiful liqueur.
My vodka had 40% vol. alcohol, a bit too much for such a delight liqueur. And of course you don't have to make all the liqueur the same.
For a first test I took 200ml of scented vodka, added 100ml of water and 20g of sugar and just a bit of additional vitamin C.

Beautiful rose and the fact that it blooms only once make us more appreciate that beauty. We use rose petals a great deal in cookery but I have never made the liqueur and now would like to have a go.

On the point of chemical pesticides, all these poisons end up in the soil and through that leach into the water table. Just to give you an idea, to convert a farm from Conventional (i.e. intensive, chemical) to Organic takes 5 years before the area is considered completely cleansed of contamination. There is a 2 year mark when crops or livestock can be sold as 'in conversion' but as far as truly non-chemical is concerned it's the full five years.

By the way mixing with champagne sounds delicious. Chin Chin! Pavlovafowl aka Sue
Jobar0071 year ago
Please be very careful about only using roses from a bush that has had no pesticides applied to it within a year. Many rose pesticides are applied to the roots to be pulled up by the plant and make the leaves, stems, and petals toxic. This is a heads up more than anything else because I've always wanted to try this but my grandmother poisons the crap out of her roses.
andyk75 (author)  Jobar0071 year ago
Well actually, I didn't think of this in the first place, but of course you should take care whos roses you eat!
I didn't use any poison in my garden for a very long time now. On one hand, because I don't like it, and also because this type of rose is not very sensitive to vermin.

mrPaint1 year ago
Great Instructable!
poofrabbit1 year ago
How cool! Any delightful drink mixes you have come up with with you rose vodka?
andyk75 (author)  poofrabbit1 year ago
Well, I like it straight or on the rocks.

But you can also combine a small sip of liqueur with champagne, this makes a delicious aperitif.
Wow, I've never heard of anything like this. Fantastic! Thank you for sharing.

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