This is our cheat’s homemade Rose Syrup! I adore rose syrup, I would drink it like there’s no tomorrow! It’s a drink I grew up on and that always reminds me of Ramadan in Singapore.
Rose Syrup is one of those drinks that is synonymous with the fasting month in Singapore. At least it was when I was growing up. It is really, just simple syrup flavoured with rose.
In the summer, when we have plenty of organic roses in our garden, the red ones answer to a higher calling and are converted into rose syrup (below) and rose water. You’ll find the rose syrup made with rose petals recipe here, or click the image below.
Rose Syrup vs Rose Water
Both are made with steeping rose petals in water. However,
- rose syrup is made with added sugar and is, in fact, like a cordial. Rose Syrup is sweet.
- rose water is made without sugar, and is used for its aroma, rather than its taste. Rose water is rather bland tasting.
Best Rose Syrup without Rose Petals
This is it, it doesn’t get any easier than this:
- we make some simple syrup with water and sugar.
- we add rose water (or essential oil of geranium or rose).
- we add the colour red.
Rose Syrup Uses
So what can you do with rose syrup?
- Treat it like a cordial, dilute with water at a ratio of 1:4
- Use it in cocktails and mocktails, add it to prosecco for a Rose Syrup Prosecco
- Use it to flavour desserts like Mahalabia and Falooda (some call it falooda syrup)
Where to buy Rose Water for Cheat’s Homemade Rose Syrup?
- Here in the UK, it is found pretty easily, especially in the larger supermarkets. You will find it in the homebaking section, next to the vanilla. This is the one I use, available on Amazon (affiliate link).
- Failing that, you should find it in shops selling cake making and cake decorating supplies
- And finally, Indian and Middle Eastern shops/grocers will definitely stock it. Indian rose water tends to be a little muskier than the rest, so get used to it first, you may find that you need a little less, depending on the brand.
A quick note on the food colour for the Rose Syrup
Get a good quality, concentrated food colour. You should only need a tiny blob of it, like a pin head size, no more. That’s the beauty of using concentrated food colour. I use Wilton’s quite frequently, like these ones. They are labelled as icing food colour, and perfect for anything; a little goes a long way.
How to Store Homemade Rose Syrup
Once you’ve made your rose syrup, transfer it to a sterilised bottle or jar and store in a cool place. No need to place in the fridge, although that’s what I do. It should last for 1 month, out of the fridge
Sterilising Jars/Bottles for Storing Rose Syrup
- Turn the oven on to a cool 130˚C/250˚F/Gas Mark ½.
- Wash the jars/bottles and lids in hot soapy water.
- Place the jars/bottles and lids upside down in the oven and leave them to dry, with the door closed for 15 minutes.
- Leave the jars/bottles and lids in there, bring them out only when you are ready to fill. Be careful, as they’ll be hot.
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Cheat’s Homemade Rose Syrup (Quick, Easy and No Roses Required!)
- 500 ml water
- 600 g white sugar
- 3 tbsp of rose water OR
- 3 drops of pure essential oil of rose or geranium
- tiny amount of concentrated pink food colouring
- Add the sugar and water into a saucepan on medium heat and bring to a gentle boil, stirring a couple of times.
- Reduce the heat to very low and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Turn the heat off, take off the hot hob and stir in the pink food colour. How concentrated you want it to be, is up to you.
- Leave to cool for 10 minutes, then stir in the pure essential oil or rose water.
- Pour into a sterilised bottle or jar and can be stored at room temperature for about a month although I prefer to keep mine in the fridge and it has gone for as long as 2 months.
- To serve, dilute like a cordial, at a ratio of 1 part syrup to 4 parts water or 1:3, depending on ow sweet you like your drinks.