A simple DIY for homemade rose extract using organic edible rose petals. This extract is perfect for using within baked goods, puddings, cocktails, other drinks, and even for home and beauty uses. Plus, the process only requires two 'ingredients' and a super simple method!
Wash the rose petals carefully to get off any critters and dirt. Then dry well.
Place the petals in a large sterilized glass jar and then pour the vodka over the petals, making sure to completely cover them in the liquid. Then close the jar and store in a dark, cool location, such as a cupboard, for 2-3 days.During this time, the flavor, smell, and even color will leech from the petals into the vodka.
Sieve the rose vodka mixture to remove the petals and then decant it into sterilized glass jars or even dropper bottles.
How To Store
Just like vanilla extract, this pure rose extract can be stored at room temperature, in a dark cupboard.I'm not sure exactly how long it will last, as I always run out before reaching that point. Though, due to the alcohol, the shelf life should be several months at-least.
Depending on the color and aroma of your rose petals, will affect the color and aroma of the final extract.
For an even more fragrant result, you can double steep the mixture. When removing the petals after 2-3 days, pop in an additional handful or two of petals and allow to steep a second time before the final sieve and decanting.
REMEMBER - I've mentioned this above but since it's crucial - always use edible roses and either a clear vodka or rum (at least 70 proof), when wanting to use for culinary purposes. Though, if you're just using for home and beauty then you can use any roses and isopropyl alcohol.
For an alcohol-free version, you could try to make this extract with glycerine. I haven't tried to do so with this DIY before, however, I've had great results when using it for vanilla extract.
I haven't tried to use dried rose petals for this purpose, so I'm not sure how much the results would be affected.
Read the blog post for suggested uses. You can also check out my Rosewater DIY for more information on the benefits of rosewater (many of which will be the same for this extract) and additional uses.