As you all know, it's rose season again. We're probably just as excited as you and we couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than to make our own rose water! Today we're giving you our own tried and true step by step process to creating your own rose water from your favorite roses. Please do try it out and give us your feedback.
Step One: Necessary Items
1 Large Pot with a lid
1 Flat brick sized stone or rock
1 Medium sized oven/microwave safe bowl
4 Cups of ice (more if necessary...)
1 Wooden Spoon
1 Egg Timer
1 Perfume bottle or similar container to hold your rose water
Approximately 4 cups of Rose Petals (4-8 Roses)
Step Two: Select Your Roses
We've chosen to go with our Abraham Darby rose for it's delicious tangy and spicy aroma. Be sure to choose ones that are vibrant. We know...it's tough to know that you're taking them just to harvest their petals. But remember that there are plenty more to come and your rose water will last for weeks!
Step Three: Harvest The Rose Petals
Step Four: Boil It Up
Place your flat stone in the bottom of the pot and pour in enough water to cover the top of it. Turn on your burner and bring the water to a boil.
Step Five: Witch's Brew..the good witch that is!
(This should be done fairly quickly so that the temperature doesn't drop too much.)
Bring your burner down to the simmer setting and carefully place your rose petals in the pot around the stone. Make sure that you push the roses down under the water with your wooden spoon. We added a little water here, but this is not at all necessary.
Place your medium sized bowl on top of the stone.
Place the upside down lid onto the pot and cover the lid with ice. (The bowl that you placed in the pot should be centered so that it can catch all of the condensation that will drip down from the upside down lid.)
Step 6: Set Timer
Set your timer for 15 minutes. (We lost our egg timer and had to get high tech...)
Step 7: Harvest Your Rose Water
Pour the bowl of rose water into a measuring cup and let it cool briefly before using your funnel to transfer the precious fluid into your favorite perfume container.
Step 8: Enjoy!
Enjoy it as a perfume, culinary additive, or share it with friends. You now have your very own rose water to enjoy for weeks. You can repeat the process to make more. Just make sure you use fresh water and rose petals or your rose water will end up smelling a little like cooked celery. Trust us, it really doesn't have the same effect!